Executive Director, International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development, ICEED.Mr. Ewah Otu Eleri, says the introduction of ten million clean cooking stoves would reduce the amount of wood that is used for cooking both in the rural and urban parts of the country.
Mr. Eleri who spoke to Vanguard Homes & Property said: “We want improvement on the amount of wood that is used; both rural and urban families want to be able to save wood, because in rural areas, girls and women spend a lot of time collecting wood.
“They will like to spend that time on education and other areas. In the urban areas, wood is increasingly getting expensive, and poor families are spending money that they don’t have or money they could have used for other purposes especially in buying food”.
Continuing, the ICEED boss said: “Today, the challenge is simple, there are no stoves in the market that can solve this problem. Although we have LBD stoves and cooking gas, for some people, it is still expensive because it is cheaper to use other sources.
“The gas cylinders that we have in the market are too big and costly for poor people to buy; we don t have gas cylinders that are smaller for poor people to buy just the way people buy recharge card for N100, N200 and refill them next time. So we want cylinders for gas like 2.5kg, 3kg so that people would be able to afford them.”
He said the project will save millions of carbon and the nation will benefit million of dollars from the carbon market. That ICEED boss said his NGO is working towards ensuring that the prices of the cooking stoves are reduced.
Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Ms. Radha Muthiah, said there are different manufacturers and producers using different fuels.
”In terms of the affordability, there are a few areas that Nigerian Alliance is working with the Global Alliance; one is to ensure that we have consumer level financing, whether it is micro finance institutions or we have credit schemes where people might take the stove and pay for a period of six to 12 months. We are looking for ways to make it affordable to to the end users. So, producers are selling their stoves at subsidized rates. The third way is to produce at the scale that the cost will go down.”
Coordinator for Renewable Energy, Federal Ministry of Environment. Mrs Bahijat Abubakar regretted that over 95,000 deaths occur due to indoor house pollution as a result of cooking with firewood.
“The fact that the world outlook energy in 2010 says that by 2030, death from in-house pollution is going to be much more than malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS is enough to get us to action.
The target of Nigerian Alliance is 10 million clean cook stoves in 2020. However, we are more ambitious by saying we want to do 20 million in five years. The Federal government of Nigeria is committed to providing clean energy. We must lead Africa; we cannot say we are developing a green economy but still cooking with primitive method that endangers the lives of women and children. So, if for any reason Nigeria wants to stand up and be counted in this international year of sustainable energy we need to commit to making sure that clean energy is a reality,” she said.
By Laide Akinboade & Caleb Ayansina – VANGUARD