GTHI Empowers 150 Local Food Vendors in Abuja with LPG Cookstoves

GTHI Empowers 150 Local Food Vendors in Abuja with LPG Cookstoves

Gas to Health Initiative (GTHI) empowers local food vendors popularly known as “Mama Puts” with LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) cookstoves on July 14, 2018 at the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja during her 4th annual program with the theme “Better life for Mama puts/Local Food Vendors”. The aim of the program was to sensitize and empower Mama puts mostly women and girls in Abuja from the use of unhealthy cooking fuels to LPG Cookstoves, the most efficient cooking energy in Nigeria.   The event which was hosted by Mrs. Betty Ugona Executive Secretary GTHI had in attendance over 200 participants. The participants includes over 150 local food vendors, Mr. Awalu Ilu Managing Director/CEO Ultimate Gas, Engr. Henry Obih COO Downstream NNPC, Hon Obinna Chidoka, House committee on Habitat and Environment, as well as representatives of NNPC retail, Banner Gas, NAFDAC, Techno Oil, NACC among other agencies and organisations. Mrs. Willy Willy of Wazobia FM Radio anchored the event. Mrs. Betty Ugona speaking on behalf of the GTHI noted that “Operation Mama Put/Local Food Vendors conversion to LPG usage” was launched four years ago. She noted that the project is a nationwide programme designed to convert the local food vendors from the use of traditional cooking fuels (such as firewood, charcoal, kerosene etc) to LPG which is a clean cooking fuel. She lamented that traditional cooking fuels cause deforestation, desertification and a lot of environmental degradation in addition to negative health impact. She calls on all stakeholders to join hands with GTHI to sensitize and empower Nigerians on the use of LPG for cooking. Speaking at the event, Mr....
Khattar Resources is the Partner of the Month of June

Khattar Resources is the Partner of the Month of June

Khattar Resources is the Partner of the Month of June! In this interview, the Managing Director, Mr. Nkem Ibe shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Khattar Resources is an indigenous company whose primary focus is on consolidated iron works fabrication. Our vision is to bring innovation and to add value on essential commodities and service delivery. The company has over the years designed and produced different ranges of gas burners branded as MAGMA burners and are powered with cooking gas.   What does your organization seek to archive in the Nigeria cooking energy market? Our organization seeks to make MAGMA burner’s products available in the market at affordable prices. We encourage local women and stakeholders in the cooking industry to upgrade to gas through advocacy and awareness drive. We also work on expanding the scope of our network and outlets within the major markets nationwide.   Can you tell us about your clean cooking activities including your achievements? We design and produce nine (9) different types of gas burner according to market demands and feedback from consumers. We have upgraded our workshop to meet the standards and to scale up daily productions. We were recommended to join the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) by the Federal Ministry of Environment and we are glad we did. Joining the NACC has offered us the opportunities to attend several stakeholders’ meetings and community advocacy awareness drives.   What are your biggest challenges in implementing your clean cooking activities? Funding is one of our major challenges. We desire to make bulk...

Sustainable Fuelwood Management (SFM) project held a Business Forum in Calabar!

The SFM project held a 3-day Business Forum for woodlot developers, fuelwood dealers, efficient woodstoves producers/sellers and Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) from June 19-21, 2018 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Calabar, Cross River State. The forum created an opportunity for fuelwood value chain actors to interact among themselves, exchange experiences, develops skills, and share knowledge and ideas on innovative business and financing models. Over 70% of Nigeria’s estimated 180 million inhabitants still rely on fuel-wood in meeting their energy needs for cooking and heating. The unsustainable and constant use of fuel-wood by Nigerian households and institutions is one of the causes of deforestation and land degradation in Nigeria. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Energy Commission of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders are supporting the implementation of a 5-Year project: “Sustainable Fuel Wood Management (SFM) in Nigeria”, which commenced in June 2017. The SFM project encourages effective forest management for sustainable fuelwood production and consumption for multiple environmental benefits in Cross River, Delta and Kaduna states for the next 5 years. The Business forum focused on the establishment of smallholder farmers-managed woodlot; establishment of sustainable fuelwood markets; promotion of energy-efficient woodstoves through market based approaches with community-based micro-credits to incentivize woodlot owners and end-users of cookstoves. Presenters at the forum included: Mr. Femi Oye, Managing Director, SMEFunds; Mrs. Happy Amos, Managing Director, Roshan Global Services Ltd; Mr. Biodun Olaore, Country Director, Envirofit Nigeria; Mrs. Habiba Ali, Managing Director, Sosai Renewable Energy Ltd; Dr. Ladipo from CENRAD Consulting Ltd; Sir Daniel Ugbama, Chief Executive Officer, Communal Rural Entrepreneurial Initiative of...

Tara Agro Industries Limited is the Partner of the Month of May!

Tara Agro Industries Limited is the Partner of the Month of May! In this interview, the Chairman, Chief Engr. Charles Ugwuh shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Tara Agro Industries Limited is an integrated rice processing mill focused on processing paddy stock to finished/polished rice and packaging same as high quality branded rice. The company is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) through the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA). It is one of the five Rice Mills established by the Federal Government in 2009/2012 through the Special Rice Intervention Scheme approved in 2008 aimed at developing high quality milling capacity. The company’s installed capacity is 42,000 tons of Paddy/year.   What does your organisation seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market In processing paddy, rice mills generate considerable volumes of rice husk used partly for energy generation for boilers, dryers etc. The residual rice husk is used to produce briquettes which are a viable source of low cost energy for cooking etc. Our Organisation is seeking to promote the use of these rice husk briquettes for cooking in homes at affordable cost. Until now, the rice husk constituted a major environmental hazard and ecosystem challenge. Therefore an effective utilization of the husk is beneficial to all – delivering more healthy, efficient and eco-friendly cooking system for households.   Can you tell us about your clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our clean cooking activities are to convert these residual husks into an efficient solid fuel and...
NACC will launch a New Music Video on World Environment Day 2018

NACC will launch a New Music Video on World Environment Day 2018

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) will be launching a new music video on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Nordic Hotel, Mabushi, Abuja.   The Music Video is in support of clean cooking solutions especially for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East Nigeria. It highlights the health hazards and sufferings of millions of people (especially women) cooking with open fire using firewood.  About 95% of IDPs, host communities and returnees in the Northeast depends on firewood and charcoal for cooking and 85% of these households face protection risks when collecting firewood.   Key UN agencies and organisations like FAO, World Food Programme, UNHCR, ICEED and other Safe Access to Fuels and Energy(SAFE) Nigeria partners are facilitating a coordinated and effective response to the fuel and energy needs of crisis-affected communities in Northeast Nigeria.   This music video will play an important role in raising awareness about the need for clean cooking among policy makers and private sector as well as can to contribute to behavioural change in how we cook. It is widely recognized that the medium of music video is quite a powerful tool and it can  bring different minds altogether on the same page.   Potential participants at the Launch include representatives of IDPs, government agencies, international development partners, humanitarian agencies, the media and Non-Governmental organisations as well as individuals working to address the energy needs of vulnerable groups especially in the...