The introduction of Oando OGAS 3kg cooking stove targeted at low income households has the potential to create a minimum36,000 job. The stove which is an integrated plug and play device that comes with burner, cylinder and gas was introduced by Oando Marketing PLC to alleviate the suffering associated with using unwholesome fuels such as firewood, charcoal etc. for cooking.
This was disclosed during the Oando/ACCESS AFRICA (Agriculture, Climate Change and Entrepreneurship Support Services) summit held in Abuja on November 13, 2012 with the theme “’LPG as a climate control tool in Africa: The Sustainability Agenda’’. The summit which brought together many stakeholders was aimed mobilizing commitment towards the adoption of LPG as the preferred cooking fuel was attended by Ministers, law makers, representatives of DFID, USAID, Christian Aid, Africare, World LPG Association, Nigerian Labour Congress, Shell Nigeria, Renewable Energy Commission, Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook stoves, NLNG, Alitheia, LAPO, Wellbeing Foundation amongst others was chaired by Her Excellency, Justice Fati Abubakar, former First Lady and Founder Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative, (WRAPA).
Declaring the Summit open, Justice Abubakar said” I am encouraged by the composition of the stakeholders on these matters and optimistic that the interest exhibited by all presented who have taken time out of their busy schedule to attend this dialogue is an indication that we on the right track to finding solutions to the reality of environmental degradation and its attendant consequences on our economy, wellbeing of our citizenry.
Speaking on the relevance of the summit and the switch initiative, the President of the Nigeria Labour Conference said “It is something that has been long overdue for Nigerians to have something like this. So I want to thank and congratulate Access Nigeria and Oando Marketing PLC for partnering with you to ensure that Nigerians will be able to get something in terms of facilitating cooking that is going to be very easy simple, and above all safe. We in the Labour movement, we wholeheartedly welcome this idea. We are ready to partner with ACCESS, Oando and every other stakeholder to ensure the success of this project”.