Former First Lady Leads Campaign on Clean Cooking

[Abuja, May 7, 2013] The wife of the former Head of State, Mrs Ajoke Murtala Mohammed recently unveiled the Clean Cooking Energy Ambassadors Network. This is a group of influential leaders committed to providing access to clean cooking energy and stoves for Nigerian households. Mrs Mohammed is the Lead Ambassador for the Clean Cooking Energy Ambassadors Network.

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In an event hosted by the House of Representatives Committee on Women Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility, Mrs. Ajoke Murtala Mohammed said that “According to the WHO, smoke from cooking with wood causes over 95,000 deaths, mostly women and children in Nigeria every year.  It is the 3rd highest killer of women and children after malaria and HIV /AIDS”.  Clean cooking energy and stoves, according to her will save lives, money and the environment.

The Ambassadors will work to ensure that federal and state governments have clear and strong commitments to expand access to clean cooking energy, expanding the pipeline of finance and increase awareness on these issues.

Other ambassadors include the First Ladies of Niger and Katsina States, Special Adviser to the President Hon Saudatu Sani, Ms Bimbo Oloyede a media veteran and Samson Itodo youth leader.  The Ministry of Environment serves as Secretariat to the Network of Ambassadors.

In her remarks, Dame Pauline Tallen, former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, one of the Ambassadors said ‘our women are dying needlessly. Smoke from the kitchen is a silent killer. I am more than committed to fight for the right of women to safe cooking” she said’

Other political leaders, such as Honourable Eziuche Ubani, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change and Alhaji Lawali Liman, Chairman Kaura Namoda Local government, accepted their nomination to serve as ambassadors for clean cooking energy.

Clean cooking solutions are those technologies, fuels, equipment and practices that address the health and environmental impacts associated with traditional cooking with firewood. These could take the form of improved and efficient wood and charcoal burning stoves, or cooking gas. In most cases, the shift to clean cookstoves reduces cooking costs and health impacts for families. It comes in various sizes and anticipates cultural affinity for certain ways of cooking, hence its adaptability to wood, kerosene and gas.

For more information, please contact:

Amina Salihu, Senior Advisor, Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (amina.salihu@niafng.org)

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