NGO trains 400 women on use of clean cook stove

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Devel­op­ment Ex­change Cen­ter (DEC) has trained 400 ru­ral women in the North- east on how to use weather friendly cook­ing stoves.

The man­ager in charge of Water San­i­ta­tion and Hy­giene (WASH), Lewis Ab­wadab, while speak­ing in Bauchi said the in­tro­duc­tion of the stoves was part of their ef­forts to re­duce the ef­fect of global warm­ing.

He noted that the project would cur­tail the in­creas­ing rate of tree felling which was re­spon­si­ble for de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion in the North-east. He said the time of­ten wasted in the bush to source for fire­wood or buy the prod­ucts would be dras­ti­cally re­duced, by 50 to 70 per cent daily.

He said the pro­gramme has started work­ing in La­murde Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Adamawa State in­volv­ing 400 women.

Demon­strat­ing the use of the stove, Ab­wadab said what the ru­ral women re­quired was only a piece of fire­wood, saw­dust or sug­ar­cane dust.

He added that the use of such en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly in­no­va­tions would help pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

He ex­pressed worry over ex­ces­sive use of fire­wood and other pol­lu­tants by house­holds which, he said, was re­spon­si­ble for can­cer of the lungs, eye ail­ment and other fire re­lated disasters par­tic­u­larly in the ru­ral ar­eas.

He ad­vised the women to ed­u­cate their col­leagues in the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties about the friendly cook­ing stoves which would serve as al­ter­na­tive source of en­ergy.

In his re­marks, the district head of Lafia in Lafia La­murde LGA of Adamawa State, Chief Clement Mi­nakaro, urged women in the com­mu­nity to key into the new project in or­der to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment which was al­ready dev­as­tated by ac­tiv­i­ties of fire­wood sell­ers and users.

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