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Habiba Ahut-Daggash

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Habiba Ahut-Daggash is an Associate with RMI’s Africa Energy Program where she focuses on delivering agricultural electrification interventions. She has a PhD in energy systems modelling from Imperial College London, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering science from the University of Oxford.

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Habiba Ahut-Daggash

Nigeria shouldn’t have joined the race to Net Zero

At the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP26, President Buhari committed Nigeria to a 2060 target. The announcement, met with celebration and surprise, is indicative of increasing consensus that climate change mitigation efforts need to be accelerated, but more so that the mix of pressure and persuasion—often in the form of investment contingent on progressive climate action—from advanced economies has worked. Nigeria should have resisted this pressure given our negligible contribution to historical GHG emissions and the limited understanding of what Net Zero would mean for our underdeveloped economy and energy systems.

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