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Fuelwood: NGO calls for nationwide development of clean cookstove entrepreneurs



Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), an NGO, has urged the federal, state governments and development partners to support a nationwide development of clean cookstove entrepreneurs for sustainable fuel management.

The WISE Founder and Programme Director, Ms Olanike Olugboji, made the call at the opening of a four-day clean cookstove awareness, sensitisation and capacity building workshop for 40 persons in Kaduna on Monday.

Olugboji said that the workshop was organised to build the capacity of men and women to become clean cookstove entrepreneurs and advocates for access to clean energy.

According to her over 70 per cent of Nigerian population still rely on fuelwood for cooking, pushing the rate of deforestation to alarming level.

“Similarly, over half of the country’s forests have been cut down, predominantly for fuelwood used in the last 12 years, a development exacerbated by rapid population growth.

“Therefore, training and developing cookstove entrepreneurs across the country will drastically reduce the high demand for fuelwood for cooking and other industrial use with its accompanied health risk.

“This in the long run will prevent smoke related illness from use of firewood, reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.”

She said that the clean cookstove training was under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Global environment Facility (GEF) Sustainable Fuelwood Management (SFM) project.

She said that the SFM, a five-year project was being implemented by Energy Commission of Nigeria to protect forest resources for sustainable development.

She, however, said that the project was being implemented only in Kaduna, Delta and Cross River states, adding that 120 clean cookstove entrepreneurs had been established across the three states in 2018.

“We have begun training another set of entrepreneurs, comprising leaders of men, women and youth groups, including the blind, the deaf, the dumb and 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.

“We, therefore, 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,” she added.



UNDP trains 50 farmers on fuelwood, development management in Kaduna



UNDP trains 50 farmers on fuel wood, environmental management in Kaduna

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has trained 50 farmers on nursery establishment and maintenance in Kaduna State.

Asmau Adamu, Kaduna State Director of Forestry, said those trained were selected from nine local government areas in the state.

She said at the one-day training on Thursday in Kaduna that the farmers were from Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Jema’a, Ikara, Lere, Chikun, Kaura, Soba and Zango Kataf LGA’s.

According to Adamu, the aim is to make the people aware of their environment and the importance of planting trees in saving the environment.

She said that to discourage felling of trees, there was need to involve people from different communities and encourage them to plant trees for commercial fuel wood business.

Mr Okon Ekpenyong, National Coordinator, Sustainable Fuelwood Management Project, said the sustainable fuel wood management in Nigeria had multiple environmental and socio-economic benefits.

“So, with this sustainable fuel wood management, it would help us conserve our energy and also help to save the environment in the instance that when they cut trees.

“When you cut one tree you know that you are supposed to plant three trees in place of the tree you cut down.

” We encourage them to nurture and plant fast growing trees of about three years for commercial purposes,” Ekpenyong said.

Toyin Olajide of Center for Gender and Social Policy Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, pointed out that women and children are mostly affected by wood vending, saying the center’s role is to make sure women are mainstreamed and trained with their male counterparts. 

“We have realised that a lot of forests have been degraded and women and children are the ones suffering the most.

“Based on this challenge, we believe if they are taken through this project, teaching them how to make nursery and successfully planting trees, there would be availability of fuel wood all through the year.

“This will empower them and improve their standard of living,” Olajide said. 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the training was held in collaboration with the Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Climate change: NGO distributes 1,828 clean cookstove in Kaduna 



The Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has distributed a total of 1,828 clean cook stoves, to 27 trained clean cook stove entrepreneurs and advocates in Kaduna.

The Founder and Programme Director of the NGO, Ms Olanike Olubgoji, disclosed this  in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Kaduna.

Olubgoji explained that the distribution was under the UNDP-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Sustainable Fuel Wood Management (SFM) in Nigeria project, being driven by Energy Commission of Nigeria.

She said that under the project, WISE have developed the capacity of women, men, including people living with disability across communities of Cross River, Delta and Kaduna states to become clean cook stove entrepreneurs.

Accirding to her, the 27 beneficiaries are selected from the 70 clean cook stove entrepreneurs trained in Kaduna state, under the UNDP-GEF SFM project.

“The project leverage on the market-driven approach model developed by WISE, to increase households’ access to clean cook stove, which we hope would soon replace the traditional three-stone cook stove in Nigerian homes.

“This is the second phase of the distribution. In the first phase, the entrepreneurs were given about 40 stoves each at no cost, to enable them to raise the needed capital to sustain the business.

“In the second phase, the stoves were given at subsidised rate, to those who sold the highest number of stoves and are doing very well in terms of advocacy, educating people and creating awareness.

“In fact, some of the entrepreneurs have been invited to participate in the 3-day multi-stakeholders’ consultative and planning forum on the implementation of SFM project, scheduled for March,” she added.

Olugboji noted that about 70 per cent of Nigerian households still relied on traditional three-stone cooking method that consumed huge quantity of fuelwood which encourage deforestation.

She pointed out that deforestation was a major contributor to global warming and its attendant effects.

According to her, the promotion of clean cook stove uptake was part of efforts to deepen households’ access to energy efficient cook stove to discourage overdependence on traditional cooking method.

The programme director said that WISE, in partnership with Women Alliance in the United States of America, began building a movement of clean cook stove entrepreneurs since 2015.

She said that the NGO had so far trained 306 entrepreneurs in Cross River, Delta, Gombe and Kaduna,  out of which 120 were from Kaduna State.

“The effort is to ensure that the rate of deforestation is drastically stemmed down, when we have people adopting this energy efficient means of cooking.

“We are also using the intervention to create the needed awareness on global warming and its attendant effects,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Nwabuoku Ken-Dikens, the highest seller of the product, told NAN that she joined the clean cook stove business in 2019 and was skeptical at first.

She said that after the training, she was given 36 clean cook stove, which she sold within a short time, adding that she has sold more than 80 stoves so far.

According to her, the business has empowered her immensely and created financial stability for her household.

Another beneficiary, Mr Emmanuel Musa, said that he has sold 38 stoves out of the 40 given to him in 2019, describing the clean cook stove enterprise as a “profitable” business.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu and Isaac Ukpoju


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Kaduna LGA mobilise religious, traditional leaders to mitigate effects of climate change




Mr Abubakar Buba, Chairman, Lere Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, says the local council is mobilising religious and traditional leaders to prevail on people in the area against indiscriminate felling of trees.

Buba, who made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna on Wednesday, said the effort was to mitigate deforestation and other effects of climate change.

He said that the practice of cutting down trees for energy was not only impacting negatively on the climate, but that smoke emited was risky to the health of women who spend hours cooking with firewood.

“A larger percentage of our population still rely on fuelwood for cooking, which is pushing the rate of deforestation to a very alarming level.

“We want our people to embrace the use of clean cook stove, which are smoke-free, healthy and good for the environment.

“The products are available in our communities and we want our people to use them and abandone the traditional stove and its related health risk.

“This, we hope will reduce deforestation and prevent smoke related illness from use of firewood.”

The chairman also said that the council had recently launched a tree planting campaign to replace trees that were cut down for agricultural or domestic uses.

He added that seedlings have been distributed to secondary school students and teachers to plant and nurture them to maturity.

Buba, who was part of Kaduna State contingent at the 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid Spain, said that community mobilisation was key to winning the war against climate change.

“We are making sure that we sensitise our people at the grassroots on the causes of climate change and how they can contribute toward mitigating it.

“I was part of the team that represented Kaduna State at the just concluded COP 25 where we show the world our commitment and community engagement strategy to address the issues of climate change.

“This we are doing through massive enlightenment campaign, a state-wide massive afforestation project and environmentally friendly livestock production through the encouragement of ranching,” Buba said.

Edited by: Maharazu Ahmed

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55 % of Nigerians have no access to electricity – Clean Tech



Clean Tech Hub, a Non Governmental Organization which focuses on research, policy development and consumer awareness on climate resilience, says 55 per cent of Nigerians lacked access to electricity.‎

Speaking during a workshop on promoting citizens access to clean energy solution in Nigeria”A Gender Approach” the facilitator,Mr Mark Amaza said that 93 million Nigerians lacked access to electricity.

He said the figure represents 55 per cent of the total number of Nigerians that lacked access to electricity in the country.

Amaza said that the workshop was organised to increase awareness on the negative impacts of the use of the various sources of dirty energy, socially and mentally.

“The workshop was also organised ‎to create a transition from the use of inefficient energy sources to adoption of clean energy sources.

“‎We are here in Kano to enlight people and food vendors to make them tap the abundant energy opportunity which is clean and healthy through INNOVATIONS, solution, support and awareness while on the other hand to help them avoid the risk associated with using dirty fuel,” he said.

According to him, many people still rely on fuelwood for cooking, pushing the rate of health risk and deforestation to alarming level.‎‎

According to him, training women, particularly food vendors across the country will drastically reduce the high demand for fuelwood for cooking and other industrial use with its accompanied health risk and smoke related illnesses.‎‎

NAN reports that Some of the participants interviewed said that over half of the country’s forests have been cut down, predominantly for fuelwood used in the last 12 years, a development exacerbated by rapid population growth.‎

They said that the training was timely considering the high rate of smoke related illness from use of firewood in the country.‎

‎They also commended the NGO for championing renewable energy system.‎

According to them, ‎decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions have shown potential as a key solution in addressing this disparity.‎


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