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National Clean Cooking Scheme Flags Off in Kaduna

National Coordinator, Renewable Eneregy Programme, Nigeria

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said Nigeria tops the list with about 10 percent of  women that suffer various aillment from the use of firewood for cooking.  UNDP research has revealed, National Coordinator, Nigeria Renewable Energy Programme (REP) has said.

Engineer Bahijjatu Abubakar revealed this yesterday in Kaduna during the flag off of National Clean Cooking Scheme of the Renewable Energy Programme of the Federal Ministry of Environment at Government Girl Secondary School, Kawo.
Abubakar said “if global civilizations want to avert the looming energy and climate crisis in time such as the flood ravaging various parts, then all societal forces need now to be convinced, entrained and practically involved in the sustainable energy vision”. She stressed that intestines of women who cooked in smoke-filled kitchens are as dark as the smoke-stained walls of the kitchen which result in ailments.
She affirmed that the level of trees fell for use as firewood is alarming and needed to be halted. If this is done and renewable energy sources are adopted for cooking, 60 percent of what is currently spent on cooking would be saved she asserted.
The Co-ordinator also explained that there are programmes meant for massive users of firewood such as Prison Service, Bakeries and Grillers to embrace the use of renewable energy and put an end to the use of  firewood.
Speaking, at the occasion Kaduna State Governor, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa said the state Government was ready to adopt the programme and introduce it to the people at the grassroots. He stressed that provision was made for the programmes in Secondary Schools across the state in the 2012 appropriation.
The governor represented by the Commissioner for Education; Alhaji Usman Mohammed said saving the environment has become a must, especially with the visible effect of deforestation and the challenges it pose. He urged that all hands must be on deck to preserve the environment “and renewable energy is a good start”.
He explained that apart from preserving the environment, the programme is a plus for the health of women while calling on men to buy into it for the benefit of all. He asserted that the flagging off of the programme in schools would ensure that the students take the campaign home and gradually, the use of firewood for cooking would be phased out.

In her welcome address, the Principal of GGSS, Kawo Hajiya Saudatu Maiwada said the programme is important as it provides an alternative for the use of firewood in large cooking and energy preservation. She urged the participants at the one day interactive session to take knowledge gained to the grassroots and also called for the duplication of the programmes in other schools.
A fully kitted retrofit kitchen by REP, supported by UNDP through Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) was handed over to Kaduna State Government at the School. The same is being undertaken in federal Government Girls College, Zaria and Government Secondary School (GSS) Fadan Kagoma all in Kaduna State.

Benefit of the programme include; reduction in green house gases, elimination of agricultural and household wastes that will be used for bio fuel production, provision of clean smoke-free cooking fuel, rural electrification and Fossil fuel alternatives, addresses the associated problems of environmental degradation resulting from pollution, deforestation and vegetation loss among others.

From: New Nigerian Newspaper

Source: http://www.newnigeriannewspapers.com/?p=1503