…As NSIA launches maiden Impact Report highlighting development impact of NSIA’s operations and investments since inception. The report shows that the Authority delivered impactful initiatives consistent with the target outcomes for 15 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), manager of Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund and the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), Nigeria’s implementing entity for climate action, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”).
The MoU emphasizes the urgency of immediate and ambitious action to address climate risks and enables the attainment of the shared objectives between the NSIA and NCCC. It also serves to allow the signing parties to further explore potential areas of collaboration which include:
i. The development of a climate change framework to provide guidelines for regulating emissions in Nigeria,
ii. The implementation of a carbon emissions trading mechanism in Nigeria
iii. The management of a national carbon registry as well as a Climate Change Fund.
As part of the agreement signing ceremony, the NSIA released its Impact Report (“IR”), which outlines the progress made toward the attainment of the Authority’s developmental and socio-economic impact as of 2021.
Speaking at the occasion, Managing director and Chief Executive Officer of the NSIA, Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq said “A core pillar of our Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) strategy is to actively build strategic partnerships with relevant organizations to support climate change actions and Nigeria’s energy transition ambitions of achieving net zero emissions by 2060. The agreement with our partner, NCCC is one of the strategic steps we are taking to meet our social impact goals and sustainability commitments.”
“NSIA’s maiden Impact Report highlights the Authority’s development agenda and impact over several years of operations as well as the Authority’s efforts to safeguard the environment and address relevant climate-related risks and opportunities in line best practice,” he added
In his remarks, Dr. Salisu Dahiru, the Director General of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), said, “this partnership is a bold signal to the global audience that the Government of Nigeria is serious about its climate commitments. By committing resources from its sovereign wealth fund to support climate action and an inclusive green economic growth, Nigeria is investing in its future, especially in a vastly decarbonizing world. This partnership between two of Nigeria’s flagship institutions is expected to catalyze private finance to accelerate Nigeria’s ambitious climate and national development agenda”.
The DG commended the transformational leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari by demonstrating executive ownership of Nigeria’s climate policies through the Climate Change Act of 2021, the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change and the commitment toward a net zero economy by 2060. He called upon Nigerians to embrace the opportunities offered by climate change to build a resilient economy and improve the adaptive capacities of our communities to extreme weather events, now and in the future.
Rationale for Partnership
• The NSIA has been engaged in discussions with the National Council on Climate Change which has been mandated to make policies and decisions on all matters concerning climate change in Nigeria.
• NSIA and NCCC have identified possible areas for collaboration, which include, but are not limited to the following:
i. Development of Nigeria’s climate change framework (including guidelines for the regulation of carbon emissions).
ii. Development and implementation of a carbon emissions trading mechanism.
iii. Management of a national carbon registry.
iv. Development and implementation of climate-sensitive projects across all sectors.
v. Institutionalizing climate change in Nigeria’s development agenda.
Slected Highlights from NSIA 2021 Impact Report:
• Created over 500,000 direct and indirect jobs through various initiatives and projects.
• Supported over 230,000 farmers through various agri-projects across the country with over 68% of the primary beneficiaries being women.
• Recorded significant progress on 3 high-priority national road projects which have a combined road length of 515.4km.
• Continued to set standards in oncology (cancer) and diagnostics services in Nigeria with NSIA’s healthcare interventions through the medical centres of excellence located in Lagos, Kano and Umuahia. The two diagnostics centres located in Kano and Umuahia have served nearly 300,000 patients while the cancer centre in Lagos held over 150,000 chemotherapy sessions to cater to cancer patients.
• Commenced field work on site of 10MW solar farm in Kumbotso, Kano State (now completed in 2023)
• Sustained trajectory on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Maintained gender and ethnic pay equity and achieved growth in female workforce to roughly 36.3 % of total full-time employees across grade levels amongst other achievements.
• Launched the NSIA Graduate Analyst Programme to build capabilities within the country in the areas of Asset Management, Infrastructure Project Management, Portfolio Management & Reporting, Finance, Treasury Management and Risk. A total of 36 Nigerian professionals benefitted from the first programme.
Picture: Representatives of the NSIA and the NCCC at the signing of the MOU. Third left is the Managing director and Chief Executive Officer of the NSIA, Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq.