Since becoming Governor of Delta state in May 2007, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, (59 years) a medical doctor by training has made stability of the oil rich state the central plank of his administration’s governing policy. Governor Uduaghan came into office at a time of serious crisis in the region, he introduced the policy of engagement and law enforcement that produced order and stability, a policy that was later adopted by Nigeria federal government in implementing the Amnesty Programme that conclusively ended the Niger Delta militancy.
Delta state with a population of over four million inhabitants is located in the western part of Niger Delta region, accounts for 30% of Nigeria crude oil production. With stability fully restored, Governor Uduaghan has greatly focused his administration’s vision on economic development, poverty reduction and infrastructure growth.
His administration’s three point agenda of Peace and Security, Human Capital Development and Infrastructure Development is embedded in his ‘Delta Beyond Oil’ vision, a programme targeted at diversifying the economic prosperity of Delta state from over reliance on oil into sustainable mode of economic activities.
Governor Uduaghan has been applauded and received recognition and international awards for his pro-poor social progamme in healthcare—ranging from free under5, free maternal and free rural healthcare programme. In education, the Uduaghan administration guarantees free education from primary to secondary schools and limited form of subsidy in tertiary institutions and scholarship schemes, the most notable being the first class scholarship to any qualified Deltan to any university in any part of the world.
Governor Uduaghan has taken keen interest in climate change and green economy as the tool to promote poverty reduction and environmental sustainability at sub-regional level. He has taken steps to institutionalize green development by collaborating with UNDP to produce Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC), with International Energy Agency (IEA) to produce the Delta Renewable Energy Mix Report and Philips/Delta partnership to produce Energy Audit for state buildings and utilities. Finally, top of the policy initiatives Governor Uduaghan has undertaken is the setting up of a cross-cutting Commission; Delta Green Economy Commission charged to expand sustainable economic development through initiation, implementation and coordination of green economy policies and projects in the state.
Governor Uduaghan co-founded R20 led by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, a global body committed to forging international cooperation built on bottom up approach in combating Climate Change and the development of green economy.
Governor Uduaghan is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys the game of lawn tennis and squash.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer is Dubai Electricity & Water Authority’s Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer focusing on driving growth and execution within the Emirate of Dubai. And has an overall experience of more than 30 years, in the field of telecommunication, energy and water.
Mr. Al Tayer has led DEWA since 1991 and has been a key contributor to its ever growing success and unprecedented achievements. Under his leadership DEWA has seen exponential growth, as he succeeded in transforming it into a forward-looking, commercially minded utility locally, regionally and globally with its state-of-the-art assets base, advanced international technologies and strong financial profile, which culminated in DEWA becoming one of the top global utilities with excellent and leading performance indicators. He has launched a number of key business initiatives including energy safety, efficiency as well as diversification of its sources. Adopted by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, these initiatives have acquired a strategic dimension in the Council’s policy. Mr. Saeed has been in the forefront in Emiratization bringing focus to his innovative ideas and vision for building an empowered and independent business unit.
He is the member of Government of Dubai’s Executive Council, Dubai’s Economic Council, Chairman of the Dubai Infrastructure Committee, Chairman of Empower, Chairman of Dubai Nuclear Committee, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, member of the Higher Committee of the Emirates National Grid, Vice Chairman of DUBAL Holding , Vice Chairman of Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai HV Cables Company, Chairman of the Dubai Global Energy Forum, Chairman of Emirates Energy Award, Founder and Chairman of Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), in addition to many other representations.
Rapid advances in solar technology and increasing demand ensure that it is both efficient in terms of electricity produced, and affordable. The proliferation of solar PV manufacturers and producers is good for competition and driving prices down for both investors and consumers.
Whilst investors are increasingly interested in financing energy projects in Africa, fears over unsupportive and unpredictable regulatory frameworks etc, are slowing such investments down. R20 Regions of Climate Action and its partner, Akuo Energy, teamed up to counter this problem. The duo signed an agreement with the Malian government last year to carry out technical studies assessing the viability of installing a 50 MW solar PV plant in Kita. The project, having since been approved by the government, is expected to be launched by year end. Funding has already been secured from several international financial institutions. Once the plant has been installed, it will provide enough electricity for the city of Kita comprising over 21,000 inhabitants, and will increase the energy supply in the entire country by 10%.
Following such a successful initiative and having demonstrated that investment barriers can be broken, R20 Regions of Climate Action is launching another one, on a much larger scale, to power Central and West Africa with 1 GW of energy from renewable sources, mainly solar.