President releases N5bn to buy stoves for rural women

The funds were made available to the Ministry of Environment for the project which is expected to gulp a total of N9.2 billion.

Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan looks on during a visit to the Emir of Gombe, Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar, as part of his presidential election campaign in Gombe, February 2, 2015.   REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

President Goodluck Jonathan has released the sum of N5 billion for the procurement of clean cook stoves for rural women.

This was disclosed by on Monday, May 25, by the Minister of Environment Laurentia Mallam.

“We started in the northern parts of the country because of the challenges we are facing there with the desert encroaching into the country and people still cut down trees. Now, the President wants it to spread throughout the country and so we have this project,” she said.

“The ministry has received N5 billion so far. You know when N9.2 billion was approved by the Federal Government last year, we told Nigerians that N9.2 billion has been approved by the Federal Government. But so far, N5 billion has been released to the ministry,” she added.

Mallam also said that by 2020, most women in the rural areas will have access to the stoves.

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