Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2019)
The pathway of green economy to sustainable development in Nigeria
Author(s): Mercy Onaodowan Erhun
Abstract: Nigeria is faced with numerous challenges, and the supply of essential services is epileptic. The way such services are generated becomes a challenge, seeing the drastic changes in climate as a result of fossil fuel and greenhouse gas emission. Measures adopted by Nigeria to implement the principles of green economy still leave much to be desired. How can Nigeria meet her developmental needs and deliver a sustainable 21st century and still effectively protect the environment? Can Nigerian laws deliver the much expected green economy? The paper highlights why Nigeria should be interested in the move towards a green economy. The aim of the paper is to stimulate the Nigerian State to develop domestic strategies at all levels of governance so as to deliver a sustainable 21st century in Nigeria. The paper found that laws that promote incentives for investors to invest in green economy are lacking. The paper also found that a comprehensive master plan on green economy or investment is lacking in Nigeria. The paper concluded that Nigeria’s aspiration to achieve strong economic growth will be a mirage in the absence of efforts to enthrone a green economy. The paper therefore suggests the way forward to promoting a green economy in Nigeria.