NGO trains 400 women on use of clean cook stove
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.