FG to distribute 30 million clean cooking stoves

The Federal Government is set to distribute about 30 million clean cooking stoves to Nigerians as part of effort to curtail the indiscriminate felling of trees in the country for use as fuel-wood. The Minister of Environment, Mrs Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia, who disclosed this recently, said the distribution would commence in 2016 but did not state if the stove would be distributed freely or Nigerians would pay for it. Mailafia said that the decision to encourage Nigerians to use the stove became necessary following revelations that the country was losing its forest stock at an alarming rate. She said that the situation was one of the major factors responsible for lost of about 4 per cent of the nation’s forest coverage in the last four decades. She said the government was working on the establishment of five community woodlots in northern Nigeria as part of government comprehensive plan to increase the nation’s forest coverage.



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