An NGO, Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), has called on the federal and state governments as well as other development partners to support a nationwide development of clean cook stove for sustainable fuel management.
The Director, WISE Founder and Programme , Olanike Olugboji, who made the call at the opening of a four-day clean cook stove awareness, sensitisation and capacity building workshop in Kaduna said that over 70 per cent of Nigerian population still relies on firewood for cooking, pushing the rate of deforestation to alarming level.
Olugboji said that the training was organised to build the capacity of men and women to become clean cook stove entrepreneurs and advocates for access to clean energy.
“Over half of the country’s forests have been cut down, predominantly for firelwood use, in the last 12 years. This, in the long run, will prevent smoke related illness from use of firewood, reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.”
Olugboji explained that the training and developing cook stove entrepreneurs across the country will drastically reduce the high demand for firewood for cooking and other industrial use with its accompanying health risk.
She noted that the project is being implemented only in Kaduna, Delta and Cross River states, adding that 120 clean cook stove entrepreneurs have been established across the three states in 2018.
“We want the federal government and its development partners to look beyond the three states and cover the 36 states of the federation for maximum impact. We want more partners on this project because people from all over the country have already indicated interest to be part of this movement.”
“We have begun training another set of entrepreneurs, comprising leaders of men, women and youth groups, as well as the physically challenged.”
“We are building their leadership and advocacy capacity and their entrepreneurship skills and how to use available digital platforms to create the needed awareness and promote the use of clean cookstove. This is our inclusive and participatory approach to promote access to clean energy by creating the needed awareness, which is still very low across the country,” she added.
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