Thursday 28 May 2015

FG Begins Distribution Free Of N5bn Clean Cooking Stoves

The federal government yesterday begins
distribution of N5 billion clean cooking stoves
for rural women all over the country.
According to Vice President Namadi Sambo,
the stoves would help to a greater extent to
reduce desertification in the country.
The prices of the stoves locally assembled in
Nigeria ranges between N3,000 and N36,000.

Sambo who spoke at the launch of the stoves
in the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa,
Abuja noted that stoves would also boost job
creation as well as reduce smoke related
diseases among the rural women.

He said, “One of the important global
problems today is environmental problem.
And desertification in Nigeria is one of our
major environmental problems. And as a
result, one of the major causes is this problem
of cutting the trees and using the wood as a
sourceof energy forcooking.

“This idea then came up to have alternative
sources for cooking for our women. So, this
programme, which Mr. President has
graciously approved for the initial take off
under the Environmental Ministry with the
sum of N9 billion to procurethese cooking
utensils and distribute it all over the country
to our women.

“And by so doing, contributes to stopping the
usage of trees for firewood for cooking. In
addition to that, it has added value of saving
women from inhaling the smoke, which is
responsible for the yearly death of about
90,000 women. We believe this is a very
important contribution towards arresting
desertification in Nigeria”.

Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laraba Malam
hinted that only 15 percent of N5 billion
amounting to N1.3 billion has been paid to the
contractor for all the supplies so far made.
She explained that the stoves will be
distributed through the Ministry of
Environment in every state of the Federation
and the local governments.

She said, “We have only paid 15 percent to the
contractor and he hassupplied. There is no
controversy about the cost of the contract. The
truth is that Mr. President and the Federal
Executive Council approved N9 billion for
750,000 pieces of the clean stove.
“Meanwhile N5 billion was released to the
Ministry and the Ministry following due
process gave him 15 percent, which is N1.3
billion and he has supplied. So no controversy
.Asked whether the incoming government will
continue with the project, she said, “I don’t see
any government terminating it. I want to
believe that the incoming government will
continue because government is all about

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