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“Firewood Smoke Kills 98,000 Women In Nigeria Yearly” – World Health Organization

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“Firewood Smoke Kills 98,000 Women In Nigeria Yearly” – World Health Organization

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December 12, 2013 – “Firewood Smoke Kills 98,000 Women In Nigeria Yearly” – World Health Organization

“If a woman cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is equivalent to smoking between three and 20 packets of cigarette a day. The death from this sector contributes to 10 per cent of global annual death and it is bigger than tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS and malaria combined, and it is only killing women,”

An official of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Ms Bahijjahtu Abubakar, who is the National Coordinator, Renewable Energy Programme, told newsmen at the official launch of RUWES and the 4th Annual Nigeria Renewable Energy Day in Abuja on Wednesday.

She said there was so much energy poverty in Nigeria, especially in the rural areas in a country that was blessed with abundant energy resources and that there was no way Nigeria would be contributing 10 per cent to global annual death without addressing it. According to her, the ministry has just launched a Rural Women Energy Security (RUWES) programme to prevent the trend and to create awareness on the dangers of using dirty energy.

She said: “We are reaching out to faith-based organisations such as the Federation of Muslim women and the Catholic Women Organisation. We hope through the market women organisation and all the professionals that are women- based, we are reaching out to every nook and cranny of Nigeria.”

On the affordability of the cooking stoves provided under RUWES, she said it would be a single digit interest rate for the facilities.

“The women have two years to pay back. All they need is to belong to cooperative and they are given lighting, cooking and heating solution facility to use. A woman can get a stove and pay over seven months and we know that the poorest woman will be able to afford it.”

[Source: Premium Times]



  1. Bimpe

    December 13, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    The government should help them by providing affordable alternatives

  2. josh

    December 13, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    this is serious

  3. Ben

    December 13, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    ha dis 1 no go work o who go d buy kerosine everyday and u knw wetin kero d cost now, govmt neva even do d ones wey no hard talk of dis 1, d only tin wey politicians get to do wit d poor is nt to com and vote and go? D POOR SORRY!

  4. usher

    December 13, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    using ma village as a case studi. I wnt 2 stipulate dat dis reseach is nt true. About 90 percent o women depend on firewood but they live longa dan men.

  5. chibaby

    December 13, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    most of this aged women @ home they prefer their fire wood to stoves or cooking gas

    my mom has three stoves and a cooking gas but she will never use it no matter what you say is that her firewood she will use

  6. iron bar

    December 13, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    they will pay over period of time if their jobs are sustainable enough to foot the bill regardless of how low t would be.stolen funds in the system can comfortable take care of the situation ravaging the less priviledged in our rural areas

  7. catch me if you can

    December 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    @chibaby you said it know granma will tell you that the food she prepared with firewood are sweeter than the one she will make with korosen sitove as she call it.if RED see this she will run from frying garri with her when ever she is in nigeria which is one of the thing she enjoy doing with granma.may be i will get a point if am the first to warn her.

  8. Excel

    December 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    They just want to sell their stoves, this is simply a means of geting money, our grand parents uses firewood, yet they live longer

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