Cooking fuel – hope rises for the poor

Relief is on the way for millions of Nigeria’s families struggling to have access to affordable cooking fuels. An influential partnership of key federal government agencies, the private sector and donors have laid out plans to phase out the tradition use of fuel wood in Nigerian homes.

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – a public-private partnership to reach 10 million Nigerian families with clean cook stoves will be launched Tuesday March 20 in Abuja. According to the Executive Director of International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), Ewah Eleri “cooking smoke causes over 95,000 deaths in Nigeria annually. The use of clean cookstoves will save lives, money, forests and empowers women”.

The launch of the Alliance will bring together the ministers of Women Affairs and her counterparts in Health and Environment. It will be observed by foreign dignitaries such as the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Terrence Macaulay and Norwegian Minister of State for International Development, Ingrid Fiskaa. Other dignitaries include the Managing Director of Shell, Mutiu Sunmonu and the Chief Executive of Oando Plc, Mr Wale Tinubu.

The partnership will work with the government and companies to ensure access to cooking gas for poor families. It will also work to promote new and efficient wood stoves that saves time and money for families.

According to Engr Bahijjatu Abubakar, Head of the Renewable Energy Programme of the Federal Ministry of Environment “the Government is committed to affordable access to clean cookstoves for all Nigerian families. In the next few years, we will roll out millions of these stoves to both urban and rural households. This is important in saving our environment and empowering our women” she says.