Press Statement-NIGERIA TO DEVELOP CLEAN COOKING POLICY

Press Statement-NIGERIA TO DEVELOP CLEAN COOKING POLICY

The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to develop a clean cooking policy. This was the key message in the just concluded Nigerian Clean Cooking Forum organized by the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment and other partners, and with support from Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) and the Nigeria Energy Support Programme (NESP). The two-day event, held on 5th and 6th October 2021, at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja and brought together key policymakers, private sector actors, research institutions, women groups, academia, civil society stakeholders as well as international development partners to discuss the implementation plans towards achieving the clean cooking targets of the Paris Agreement. Speaking at the event, the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, stated that it is unacceptable that Nigeria should have the greatest number of people dying in Africa as a result of the lack of access to clean cooking. She pledged the Federal Government’s determination to develop a policy framework for clean cooking in the country. According to the minister, “there is already an inter-ministerial committee saddled with the responsibility of developing this policy. Furthermore, a sub-committee of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Climate Change will coordinate national efforts to address the challenges posed by the lack of access to clean cooking”. She declared that the Ministry is committed to integrating the outcomes of the forum in its NDCs implementation efforts and plans. In her goodwill message, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen OFR, KSG, represented by Mrs. Funke Oladipo, thanked the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean...
NIGERIA CLEAN COOKING FORUM 2021

NIGERIA CLEAN COOKING FORUM 2021

Approximately 127 million people and more than 24 million households cook inefficiently in an open fire. This traditional cooking method is a silent killer. The smoke that emanates from this method of cooking causes 78,000 deaths in Nigeria annually according to the WHO. In fact, Nigeria experiences the highest number of smoke-related deaths in Africa; after Malaria and HIV/AIDS it is the biggest killer. Traditional cooking method is also unnecessarily expensive, costing poor families’ money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. It also causes deforestation and contributes to the effect of climate change. Clean cooking will save lives, empower women, improve livelihood and combat climate change. It is a priority area in energy access that is central in achieving the goals of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative. It is estimated that adoption of clean cooking by 30million household can reduce about 60 million1 tons of CO2e. This will result to about 15% of Nigeria’s total emission reduction target. Even though clean cooking has many benefits, the rate of adoption by households and institutions has been very slow. The reasons are many: Inadequate efforts to scale up domestic production of clean cookstoves, insufficient access to finance, inadequate awareness about the benefits of clean fuels and stoves, weak government policies, no legislative framework, poorly developed supply chain among others. The two-day Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum brings together key policymakers, private sector leaders, foundations, research institutions, women groups and civil society stakeholders as well as international partners to discuss the implementation plans towards achieving the clean cooking targets in...
NACC Elects New Executives

NACC Elects New Executives

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC), a public private partnership that facilitates the growth of the clean cookstoves market in Nigeria is an initiative of the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED). NACC, which was launched in 2012, has been under the leadership of ICEED with ICEED hosting its secretariat. In a democratic move, new executives were elected to take over the management of the secretariat from ICEED during the 20th Partners’ meeting which held on September 27, 2018 in Abuja. The new executives will be responsible for the day to day running of the Nigerian Alliance as well as the management and administration of the affairs of NACC. Elected executives are: Prince Ene Okechukwu, Bier Collage Ltd (Chairman); Lawal Yakubu Gada, Greenado Int. Ltd (Vice Chairman);    Nkem Ibe, Khattar Resources (Secretary);   Michael O. Esho, Baloza Nigeria Ltd (Financial Secretary);  Princewill Okorie, Association of Public Policy Analysts (APPA) Nigeria (Public Relations Officer);  and  Umar Farouk Abdulrasheed, Methano Green Energy  (Welfare Officer). The positions of the Legal Adviser and Treasurer are still vacant. Prior to the election, the electoral committee drew up criteria for the election and ensured that the criteria were consistent with the provisions of the NACC Constitution. The committee further provided the mechanism for an open and transparent election, mobilized partners to ensure full participation in the election. The electoral committee members are representatives from the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Environment and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. The new executives highly commended ICEED for the great initiative and the giant stride achieved by NACC under its leadership. Some...
Health Futures Solutions Initiatives is the Partner of the Month of September!

Health Futures Solutions Initiatives is the Partner of the Month of September!

Health Futures Solutions Initiatives is the Partner of the Month of September! In this interview, the Executive Director of Programmes, Dr. Omede Ogu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Health Futures Solutions Initiatives (HFSI) is a Non-Governmental Organization with a wealth of development experience in Management, Advocacy, Communication, Social Mobilization, Finance and Government Affairs. We provide expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximizing growth or improving the business performance of our clients.   What does your organization seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our organisation seeks to achieve greater partnership in Nigeria’s cooking energy market as well as ensuring lower operating costs, better processes and proven technology, methodology and approach.  We deliver a strategy to meet short-term and long-term goals and building a World-Class organization and sector.   Can you tell us about your clean cookstoves and clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our organization chairs the resource mobilization committee of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. We provide an advisory role in strategy development and advocacy. We also participate in concept development.   What are your biggest challenges in carrying out your activities in the sector? Our biggest challenge working in the clean cooking sector is the weak state of the sector and the inability to utilize optimally offered advice. More so, the inability to create an effective review mechanisms impact on the activities of HFSI to the sector.   What are the benefits of your clean cooking activities to the consumers? Our activities enhance the knowledge of the sector...
Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August

Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August

Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August! In this interview, the Executive Director, Mr. Umar Surajo Nuhu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organization Green Crew Africa Initiative is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization, an innovative Youth conservation organization with special skills that provides career Guidance/Counselling on sustainable development.  We have Chapters in Nigeria, Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Togo and Mali with proposed chapters in the rest of African countries. We give young people the knowledge and skills to start and manage their own green businesses and to apply entrepreneurial thinking to solving environmental problems. We envision making a real difference in African communities by promoting solutions that are essential to green economy. We currently manufacture and distribute clean cookstoves in rural and urban communities in Jigawa State, Nigeria.   What does your organization seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? We manufacture and distribute domestic and institutional clean cookstoves in Nigeria. We also through aggressive awareness and campaign in rural and urban communities provide economic, environmental, and social changes in the energy sectors as well as promote entrepreneurship opportunities in various communities.   Can you tell us about your clean cookstoves and clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our organization fabricates Biogas Digester and Efficient woodstove called E-1 Stove which is made of clay and scrap metal materials. Our cookstoves use small amount of firewood and briquettes.   Our cookstoves and biogas digester has helped address the issues of climate change and improve the livelihood of rural and urban communities in...