Stakeholders reject government’s free stoves

Stakeholders reject government’s free stoves

There is a growing national momentum to tackle problems associated with cooking energy in Nigeria. Recently, over one hundred stakeholders representing energy companies, policy makers, donor agencies and NGOs gathered in Abuja to deliberate over rising challenges of cooking energy. This is coming on the heels of the Federal Government’s award of a contract of N9.6 billion for the supply of clean cookstoves, NNPC’s launch of the “kerosene correct” campaign as well as a new presidential initiative on cooking gas soon to be launched. In his welcome address, Ewah Eleri, the Executive Director of the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) and the Coordinator of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves claimed that Nigeria is facing a silent energy crisis. “Twenty five million households cook with wood in traditional open fire. Smoke from the kitchen kills over 100,000 women and children every year. It leads to deforestation and costs poor families money and time that could be used for food, education and health care. The time to act is now!”, he said. He thanked the Federal Government, the Nigeria LPG Association and the organised private sector for rising to the challenge. The Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam restated her ministry’s commitment to work with the organised private sector to ensure an effective implementation of the N9.6 Billion clean cookstoves project. The Minister used the opportunity of the conference and expo to meet with partners of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She emphasised the need to ensure that Nigerian producers of clean cookstoves and fuels participate in the project. In his presentation, Robert van der Plas,...