Nigeria’s transition event

There is much to play for as president-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu prepares for his scheduled inauguration on 29 May. Despite challenges to the presidential and gubernatorial elections, the signs are that a new-look All Progressives Congress government will come in with some fresh faces and policy (see African Energy issues: 481/24, 480/6, 479/7, 475/1).

Also anticipated is a policy mix that will blend continuity – not least in power sector reform – and change. But the nature and extent of that transition is hard to gauge. Could a slice of oil giant NNPC really be put up for sale? Will the policy framework be right to entice more international and domestic investors?

Africa Confidential and African Energy will be hosting a high-level panel, Nigeria in a period of transition, during the Africa Investment Exchange (AIX) Energy in Transition meeting at RSA House in London on 17-18 April.

Discussion of the new administration’s energy transition strategy will be held between 10h45 and 12h15 BST on 18 April, with invited contributions from a highly qualified panel:

  • Kayode Fayemi – a Nigerian politician whose many roles have included serving as governor of Ekiti State from 2018 to 2022 and was also solid minerals development minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet (November 2015-May 2018);
  • Wale Edun – a financial expert and former finance commissioner in Lagos State is also expected to attend;
  • Ebipere Clark – special adviser to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and working with the National Council on Climate Change on climate finance initiatives;
  • Dafe Akpeneye – a leading Nigerian participant at AIX meetings, Dafe is commissioner for legal, licensing and compliance at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (Nerc) and an authoritative voice in the wider industry;
  • Najim Animashaun – a deputy managing director at Dantata Solar;
  • Lai Yahaya – a leading public policy advisor to senior government officials and international donor agencies who has advised multiple energy governance organisations and also worked in the Nigerian Presidency under Muhammadu Buhari (2015-17);
  • Patrick Smith – a regular contributor to the BBC, the London-based Guardian and Observer, The Economist and other international media, Patrick has been editor of Africa Confidential since 1991;
  • Jon Marks – founder and editorial director of African Energy, Jon is a political scientist with a long history of writing about, analysing and advising on energy industry and risk issues; and
  • Antony Goldman – director of ProMedia Consulting, Antony is a former Financial Times and BBC correspondent specialising in politics, economics and security in Africa.

The meeting will as usual be held under the Chatham House Rule to ensure the freest possible discussion.

Book your place at the meeting. Contact Lauren Slater for more details. Tel +44(0)1424 721667.


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