Green Nigeria

Green Nigeria

Many Nigerians cannot afford to buy their own homes. Real estate properties are expensive and there is lack of robust mortgage available to Nigerians. With an increasing population and an expanding housing deficit of over 17 million units, award winning architect Chinwe Ohajuruka still believes that affordable green houses have the ability to curtail the housing deficit and place many Nigerians on the pathway of owning their homes. Chinwe has completed the construction of an Eco Village in Port Harcourt which could become a blueprint for affordable housing, low-carbon architecture and job creation.
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A major incentive for colonial rule in Nigeria were her natural resources and the wealth hidden beneath her soils, including large deposits of minerals strewn around the country. So alluring and wide spread were these deposits that it motivated the colonial government to amalgamate the territories now known as Nigeria for easier colonial management and transportation to Europe.  Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru looks at the history of coal in Nigeria


The United Nations has declared 2015 to be the International Year of Soils, and April 19-23 marks this year’s Global Soil Week. Such events, though not exactly glamorous, do not receive nearly the amount of attention they deserve.

Intact soils are an invaluable and irreplaceable resource, one that performs myriad functions in achieving the international community’s main development and environmental goals. And now they are in urgent need of protection.

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Jigawa State is losing over 300 trees a day for bakery activities alone: 1 tree is fired per bakery per day to bake the ubiquitous bread, which has become the staple food for many Nigerians on low incomes. With more efficient bakery ovens, this loss could be reduced by 80 per cent, and the bakers would save money on their fire wood as well. Renewable Energy entrepreneurs Hannah Kabir and Happy Amos have installed 3 such ovens in Jigawa State, as pilot cases.

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There is an increase in civil society repression in several countries in the world. More countries are introducing new laws that are shrinking the space for civic participation. The Civic Charter was developed by an international coalition of civil society organizations to protect the freedom of expression, information, assembly and association.

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How is Nigeria going to get 200,000 MW in the next 15 years? Candidates for the 2015 elections are proposing solutions based on oil, gas and coal. Renewable energy does not feature strongly in energy policies. This POWER is POWER page looks at the economic and social implications of these power options.

Green Deal Nigeria is an initiative aimed at creating a debate on greener development options for Nigeria. Whether young, jobless, banker, market woman or politician- Green Deal Nigeria wants all of these to debate where Nigeria should go in terms of economic growth and social justice. After the Occupy movement, how can Nigerian citizens influence politics and development in a country with high levels of corruption and low levels of policy implementation?



Why does Nigeria have to become green?  ‘Let’s develop first, we can always go green later’, many people would say, reflecting the fact that more than 100 million Nigerians are living on less than one dollar a day, whilst GDP has been rising by almost 7 per cent year by year. However, such a development approach ignores the fact that NOW is the time to balance the interests of current and future generations; to provide electricity to all 170 million Nigerians whilst maintaining a low carbon profile; to involve women in a new kind of agriculture; to offer millions of unemployed youth a liveable future that does not destroy their environment nor the planet. The Heinrich Böll Foundation works with Nigerian partners who are interested in bringing a new color into the Nigerian landscape: beyond the flag and beyond environmental protection, a green development concept should bring more equality and responsible resource management to Nigeria.


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In what can be described as the biggest crackdown on civil society since the end of the Cold War, activists, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social movements across the world are facing verbal hostility from politicians, new laws and regulations that curtail their ability to operate, and outright violence. Africa is no exception.


The large investment made in so-called non-lethal weaponry must certainly be highlighted. These are commercialized by the chemical industry Condor, which sold R$ 43.59 million Brazilian Reais (ca. 10.9 million Euro) to SESGE and ranks the eighth position.

A green budget for Jigawa State

Taking the concrete case of a typical Jigawa State annual budget, this report charts an alternative vision which takes into account the long-term cost of environmental damage and of underdeveloping the local economy. The green solutions in this report include replacing chemical with organic fertiliser, thereby creating more than 1,000 local jobs; the report also calculates the benefits of buying solar irrigation pumps rather than diesel powered pumps – resulting in savings of more than N 12 billion over a decade.


Memorandum: Resource Politics for a Fair Future

How could a just and democratic resource politics look like that respects both planetary boundaries and human rights? The Memorandum “Resource Politics for a Fair Future” is the outcome of a two-year international dialogue process of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Read more>>


The share of renewable electricity in Germany’s national energy mix rose from 6% to nearly 25% in only ten years. On sunny and windy days, solar panels and wind turbines supply up to half of the country’s electricity demand. How can a thriving industrial economy switch from nuclear and fossil energy to renewables and energy efficiency?

Renewables on the Rise

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