On the 5th of July 2022, I was a valued participant at the official launch of Abuja Municipal Area Council's (AMAC) Sustainable Energy Access & Climate Change Action Plan (SEACAP). The welcome address was delivered by Hon. Christopher Maikalangu, Executive Chairman, AMAC. Dr. Azizat 'Sola Gbadegesin guided us through 'AMAC's SECAP journey & the SECAP key findings, targets and action'.
Tuesday, 5 July 2022
AMAC-FCT COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ACCESS & CLIMATE ACTION
AMAC became a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoMSSA) after signing the political commitment document (PCD) in January 2021. In order to translate their political commitment into practical measures, CoMSSA signatories commit to developing and implementing a strategic and operational document called the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP). The SEACAP is a key document that sets strategies, plans, targets, and actions for a sustainable and low greenhouse (GHG) emission development pathway...(Source: CoMSSA - SEACAP Executive Summary, AMAC-FCT June 2022...) See also CoMSSA wbsite - www.comssa.org
The major SEACAP pilllars are: Mitigation, Adaptation & Energy. Under the Mitigation pillar, 'By 2030. AMAC will reduce GHG emissions by 25% compared to business as usual and have a clean environment, sustainable clean energy supply, efficient transport system and integrated waste management system, in line with global best practice' (Source: CoMSSA-SEACAP Executive Summary)
Under the Adaptation pillar AMAC is committed to 'A resilient and sustainable AMAC that promotes the socio-economic well-being of vulnerable groups, and enhances the adaptive capacity of its economic sectors in a gender-responsive manner by 2030' (Source: CoMSSA-SEACAP Executive Summary). The gender aspect of this commitment is very important. Both sexes, especially women, need to be carried along since the environmental degradation affects men and women differently...
Similarly, for the Energy pillar, 'By 2030, AMAC would have access to clean, reliable, efficient and affordable energy for all its populace for sustainable development' (Source: CoMSSA-SEACAP Executive Summary)
The foregoing commitments constituted harmonious music in my ears as a resident of AMAC-FCT from 2022 to date! I believe the promises would be fulfilled if all hands remain on deck and the level of political commitment is sustained...Bravo, AMAC-FCT...