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FG to cut down carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050

Dr. Mustapha Abdullahi, Director-General, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), says the agency plans to cut down carbon emissions in the country to net zero by 2050.

Abdullahi made this disclosure on Saturday in Abuja at the maiden sensitization campaign for using improved wood stoves in rural areas held at Kurudu Village, Karu, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this campaign is to promote the adoption and use of improved cook stoves in communities across the country.

He said that the country has not achieved a 100 percent cut in carbon emissions, but it has so far been reduced to one percent.

The director-general explained that the improved wood stoves were designed to burn fuel wood more efficiently and cleanly, reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions.

He said that the campaign was not just about providing a new product but about creating a new culture of clean cooking.

Mustapha said that they can also save time, money, and labour for the users, as well as improve their health and well-being.

He said the commission would provide a feedback mechanism for all to give a review of their experiences while using the cook stoves.

Mustapha said, “We are here to demonstrate how improved cook stoves work and how they can benefit you and your families.

”We will also distribute some improved cook stoves to selected households.

“We will provide training and support on how to use and maintain them.

”We hope that you will try them out and share your feedback and experiences with us and your neighbors.

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“We are going to design a feedback mechanism where we want to hear from them, to give us a review of what they have saved.”

Meanwhile, Mustapha said that cooking with a traditional biomass stove was a major source of household air pollution, which causes millions of premature deaths every year, especially among women and children.

“It contributes to deforestation, climate change, and energy poverty. These are serious challenges that we must address as a nation.

“We have not cut carbon emissions 100 percent, but we have reduced them to 1 percent, and we intend to take them to net 0 by 2050; that is our plan.

“We must work towards it. For us to do that, we must be able to attract 4 billion dollars a year up to 2050 that we have pledged to cut emissions to net zero.

“We have also engaged with the local leaders, women groups, youth groups, and other stakeholders to ensure that this campaign is inclusive, participatory, and sustainable,” he said.

Mrs. Ladi Nahum, a women leader, said that they would keep sensitising other families on the usage of cook stoves for efficiency.

Nahum said that they were using firewood, which was very expensive, time-consuming, and had carbon emissions, adding that it was not good for their health.

She thanked the commission for this gesture on behalf of Kurudu women, assuring them of getting feedback. (NAN)

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