Nigeria to distribute over a million Clean Cook Stoves free to citizens

The Nigerian government has approved N9billion for the distribution of 750, 000 Clean Cook Stoves and 18,000 Wonder bags to Nigerians, in a bid to stop the depletion of forest resources caused by indiscriminate felling of trees.

The approval followed a memo presented by the Minister of Environment, Laurentia Mallam, at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting the Federal Government.

The stoves and wonder bags, meant for women in the rural areas, would be distributed under the National Clean Cooking Scheme, NCCS, which seeks to stem the use of solid fossils like firewood and
charcoal for cooking.

Wonderbag is a non-electric slow cooker invented by Sarah Collins, a South African eco-entrepreneur. She came up with the idea six years ago during a power cut, when she decided to keep her dinner cooking by surrounding the pan with cushions.

According to scientists, each Wonderbag can prevent the emission of half a ton of carbon dioxide a year, and could save a poor family a tenth of their income by cutting fuel costs.

The principle is simple: heat your food to boiling point.

In five years, the NCCS aims to distribute at least four million clean cook stoves in each of the six geo-political zone and provide 20 million clean cook stoves through-out the country.

The scheme also seeks to reduce the persistent felling of trees which exposes the country to ecological problems including desertification.

For a few minutes on the stove in a normal saucepan, pop on its lid, then transfer to the bag.

A United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, research shows that Nigeria tops the list of countries where women suffer various ailments resulting from the use of firewood.

The Minister of Environment said that in distributing the stoves and wonderbags, women
who register and buy fertiliser through the e-wallet system will be considered first. She said about two million women are currently on that database and the stoves will be distributed in batches to them.

The minister added that all women groups in the country will be involved in the distribution to ensure that there is equitable distribution.

After deliberations, members of FEC approved that the stoves be locally assembled so as to provide jobs for Nigerians amongst other benefits.

The council also unanimously ratified the President’s anticipatory approval for the contract in favours of Messrs Integra Renewable Energy Services Limited in the sum of nine billion, eighty seven million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira only (N9, 287,250,000.00) inclusive of VAT, with a delivery period of 12 weeks.

Council also approved N60 billion for the award of the contract to provide engineering infrastructure to Kyami District, Zone C, Abuja.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Bala Mohammed, while briefing journalists alongside the Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, said this is in line with the
statutory responsibility of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, of providing engineering infrastructure to the Abuja.

This is one of the residential districts located in Phase V of the city with a land area or 942.56 hectares.

He said the FCT was looking for opportunities to float bonds that will help open up more districts.

Council approved the award of the contract to Messrs. Mangrovetech Construction and Engineering Nigeria Limited (KaKatar CE Limited) in the sum of sixty billion, eight hundred and eighty seven million, four hundred and ninety two thousand, six hundred and fifty six thousand naira, sixty five kobo. (N60, 887,492,656.65) with the completion period of 60 months.


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  • Adrusa

    Another embezelment scheme!

  •  мσνιc

    Campaign tool!

    • dykoko

      You got the strategy. It’s really selfish campaign tool at the expense of Nigeria economy.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    When are they going to distribute yam or rice to cook with these stoves? PDP corruption on a steroid! Nigeria deserves a break from this madness.

  • Rn

    Nigerians, read the handwriting of election corruption on your walls. Please take the stoves by all means, but remember the money belongs to you in the first place.

  • Truthometer

    WARNING: DO NOT DISTURB: PDP stealing in progress!

  • Rommel

    Its a good program as it will help conserve Nigeria’s forest cover,the only problem is the timing

  • pheliciti

    N60b for a South African product!?. Imagine supporting our scientists with just a fraction of that to come up with energy conserving inventions? How sustainable will this be after the stoves gets spoilt? Then they go back to firewood? This is why our economy will never develop to a full fledged industrial economy; the lust for finished items without any interest in developing our technology. Note this is another huge waste of forex. Our economy has definitely not earned anything from this N60b as it all goes to South Africa!

    • musamoses

      It’s been a while i saw someone comment with so much insight. Fantastic, bro

  • Bambam

    JonaTAN’s stomach infrastructure..what a waste of money!!

  • King Carlos

    Where will they get food to cook with the stove? PDPIGS want to empty our treasury before Jonathan is sent packing.

  • Olayinka Ola

    I thought we are tightening our belt? Oh, it’s time for stove? Who will save us from the clueless one?

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  • tundemash

    Not surprised the Otuoke Clown is at it again. Forward-thinking countries all over the world are piping gas into homes but the Clueless one is investing N9bn of Nigeria’s money into South Africa to produce stove !!!!!!!! in the 21st century ?
    An oil producing country flaring and wasting gas daily is investing in some funny-named stove ?
    Jonathan will bankrupt Nigeria (cr. Pastor Tunde Bakare)

    On a lighter note, would they also give out rice and chicken to cook it with ?

  • Bidemi Lukman

    I hope they will not ban ponmo so that the stove will be useful. I wonder how the government reasons, even if the stove is a welcome idea, why not work towards having a plant in Nigeria to produce the stove and create more jobs. Am begining to have a feeling that Nigerian gov is using SA as a conduit to siphon our money.

  • wode

    Another funding source for TAN/2015

  • rhad

    Is this the aftermath of FEC meeting? then the meeting must be a joke. Not even the executive of road and transport union can come up with this preposterous and laughable idea. May God save us but I think we will be the one to save ourselves.

  • Kitunde

    You could not make this up…I know how tragic this is but i have laughed so much…Incredible. These people are beyond redemtion. ‘It will provide jobs for Nigerians amongst other benefits’ My goodness…..Reminds me of President Jonathan’s answer when asked a couple of years ago during the subsidy saga. He replied the question with a serious face and swagger of Adam Smith, that ‘there would be more money to build roads and the Yam sellers and corn sellers will be in big business with the road operatives and Engineers! Talk about economic boom! Jokers…all of them

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  • Edward Osadebay

    This PDP government will never cease to amuse me. They want to distribute one million stoves> Why one million? How many millions were we the last time again?

  • felix

    remember 2 use ur vote and send dis man packin wat nonesence is dis

  • Tokunbo Pole

    Its now i believed that we OBJ was right when he called all our law makers thieves and rogues.Many of the people that are in the government are old enough to have heard about Udoji incentives in the 70s.General Yakubu Gowon said Nigeria problem is not how to make money but how to spend it.He gave out such a huge amount of incentives to Nigerian workers, then,Awolowo opposed it but Gowon appointed Udoji as fed.min. of finance and paid out the money and Nigeria suffered for it.Now this current government is making the same mistake.Is the government to give her children fish to eat instead of teaching them how to fish?How long can the stove last?how many people can have access to it?who is making profit from it?I am not a supporter of OBJ but when it comes to finance i think he is still the best that Nigeria has ever produced.He left billions of Naira for us in 1979 but the civilians rubish it.Again let us check the record that he left for Yaradua/GEJ before we crucify him,Nigeria will know that we are making mistakes all over again.We never learn from our mistakes.Each time the civilians comes they throw the country into shambles because Nigerians are always ready to sacrifice their today for their future just like Esau did in the Bible.We have natural gas that is wasting away at NNPC,why not run pipe to every affected region instead of taking our money out?The Spanish government was interested in running the same pipe from Nigeria to Spain instead of us burning the gas out,but what comes out of it?The fact is that Nigeria lacks patriots and the few patriots are not allowed to get to power.Is it only PDP and APC parties that we have in Nigeria?Nobody is ready to start from the scratch.If the patriots comes together and register a party,i am sure there are many Nigerians that will vote for them.Aminu Kanu was a man that stand out during his own time.Awolowo gave free education to the west that many of my generation are still benefiting from.All these new guys are not thinking of breaking records but destroying it.Nigerians,please let us pray for divine intervention.Our problem is not religion or tribe,our problem is ourselves.God help Nigeria.

  • frankigh

    some Nigerians are too unexposed to understand that this is a good idea from the GEJ, in Malaysia and Indonesia, a tropical country like us with rain forest as well, the govt in these two countries give out free cooking gas to people in the rural area to prevent deforestation.