Nigeria’s ex-VP Osinbajo named as Chair, Board of Directors of Africa’s Climate Action Platform

Immediate past Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has been named as the Chair, Board of Directors of the Climate Action Platform for Africa (CAP-A).

Announcing Osinbajo’s appointment on Tuesday, CAP-A Founder, James Mwangi, stated, “We are deeply honoured to have Prof. Osinbajo join the CAP-A Board of Directors as Chair to assist with the next phase of our growth and our mission of unlocking Africa’s potential as a global hub for climate action.

“His vast experience and passion for transforming African countries’ economies in harmony with climatic needs, will be invaluable to CAP-A’s mission, especially coming out of the inaugural Africa Climate Summit that made a strong push for accelerated climate action.”

The former vice president of Nigeria, said, “Since the recent founding of CAP-A, I have witnessed their work in shifting the global and continental narrative from Africa being a victim of the climate crisis to holding the key to accelerating global climate action. I’m honored to join the Board of Directors as Chair in support of CAP-A’s teams and programs across the continent, and in realizing Africa’s economic development through Climate Positive Growth.”

The statement further noted that as Nigeria’s VP, Osinbajo chaired the Inter-Ministerial Energy Transition Group, overseeing the development and delivery of the Nigeria Energy Transition Plan in 2022. He also led the implementation of Nigeria’s Economic Sustainability Plan which featured the rollout of 5 million new off-grid solar connections to rural communities.

CAP-A works to help unlock Africa’s potential as a global hub for climate action that underpins a new climate-smart model of economic growth and inclusive livelihoods.

It would be recalled that in July, Osinbajo, who served two consecutive terms as Nigeria’s VP between May 2015 and May 2023, was appointed as global advisor for the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP).

GEAPP CEO Simon Harford stated that Osinbajo’s “professional expertise and leadership, alongside his broad global network and relationships, will be a valuable catalyst in GEAPP’s mission for affordable access to clean energy and a just transition for all.”


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