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The Federal Government Launches the National Clean Cooking Policy

Abuja, Nigeria – April 24, 2024
In a landmark move towards ending cooking energy poverty, and promoting public health and environmental sustainability, the Federal Executive Council approved the long-awaited National Clean Cooking Policy. The policy seeks to expand access to clean cooking e...ergy solutions to all households and institutions in Nigeria by 2030.
Speaking at the Launch of the policy, the Honourable Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to support the domestication of the Policy by implementing the key recommendations of the Policy. According to him, “We will embark on extensive awareness to communicate the co-benefits that cleaner cooking solutions bring and provide technical and business training so the capacity of local producers and distributors are built. Both fiscal and monetary incentives will also be provided to encourage local manufacturers of various clean cooking fuels and technologies in the country”, he added.

In his statement, Dr. Iziaq Kunle Salako, the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, reassured everyone that the Ministry will carry out regional and state launching and distributing the policy document to raise adequate awareness. According to him, “the policy will only be effective when states and local governments domesticate the goals of the policy and ensure effective implementation. On the part of the Federal Ministry of Environment, we will work hard to ensure that adequate budgetary provisions are made for the rollout of the policy”, he assured.

Speaking during the launch, Dr. Salisu Dahiru, Director General, of the National Council on Climate Change, assured that “Implementing the national policy on clean cooking will go a long way in meeting the national climate change goals. To support this, development partners have already set aside significant financial resources for the implementation of the national clean cooking goal” he added.

In a statement, the Chairman, of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking, Ewah Eleri commended the Federal Executive Council for approving the national policy. According to him, “the approval of the policy is a call to a partnership between all levels of government, the private sector, civil society organizations, and international development agencies to end cooking energy poverty, reduce the burden on women and lead in efforts to address climate change”. He thanked all partners of the Alliance, especially the Clean Cooking Alliance and the Heinrich Boell Foundation for their support in developing this policy.

The launch of the National Clean Cooking Policy coincided with the 17th Meeting of the National Council on Environment. Other attendees during the launch include the Director General, of NESREA; the Director General of NOSDRA, the Director General, of the National Biosafety Agency, representatives of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking, and the 36 State Commissioners of Environment.

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