ICEED, EU deploy fuel-efficient stoves in Borno
Towards building a sustainable energy solution in Northeast, a non-governmental organization – International Center for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) has partnership with the European Union in the provision of fuel-efficient stoves to households in Borno State.
The project involves the distribution of 10,000 Central and Southern part of the state as well the installation of five kilowatts of solar system to 12 health institutions in state. ICEED is implementing the project in Hawul, Kwaya Kusar, Biu, Bama/Gwoza, Jere and Mafa Local Government Areas.
Speaking at the handing over of the solar starter tools to the first batch of the technicians, Executive Director, ICEED, Mr. Ewah Eleri said, “We’re creating awareness on sustainable energy solution.”
According to Eleri, a tripartite onslaught on energy poverty in Northeast region is underway. We are building the resilience of the conflict affected people and communities in an environment-friendly way.
“The acquisition of technical skills would expand economic opportunities and reduces inequality, which constitutes a significant source of grievance, particularly for vulnerable youths, who feel they have few ways to get ahead with life.”He maintained that while clean cookstoves and lighting are all recognized as lifesaving non-food items provided to IDPs and communities, these minimum requirements are not often met.
“We hope that the stoves will not only reduce pressure on the environment, it would also save costs, reduce exposure to insecurity, and promote good health.
The solar system will contribute to improvement of health service delivery.”Also, the Project Advisor, Mr. Okechukwu Ugwu, in a statement, said the group has trained and equipped 144 stove technicians, adding that cooking fuel and lighting are usually standards in humanitarian response.