WOMEN in LPG Global Network, WINLPG has urged government to take bold and proactive steps by enacting a law on safe cooking in Nigeria.
The request comes against the backdrop of the increasing health hazards associated with using solid gases such as firewood and charcoal in homes.
Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, the National Coordinator of the Nigerian Chapter of WINLPG, Mrs. Nkechi Obi, said the warning had become imperative as women in Nigeria joined their counterparts around the globe to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD).
According to Obi, there was no better time than now for government to discourage Nigerian homes from using solid gases in cooking.
“Every day millions of women and girls around the world breathe in harmful smoke while cooking and spend hours walking far distances to secure cooking fuel. It doesn’t end there. These gases have far reaching effects on the environment as they contribute to global warming and climate change.
“Start by creating awareness, launch a female-focused initiative, Invest in female leadership and set bold targets for the gender make-up of the Government at all tiers.”
Obi explained that government should use the National Orientation Agency to propagate the campaign to switch from firewood/kerosene to cooking gas. This, she said will reduce the phobia and improve public awareness that LPG is clean, safe and affordable, as well as expose the danger inherent in long use of firewood and kerosene. According to Obi, global warming and climate change were directly responsible for increased global temperature, flooding, food insecurity and desertification adding that “at best, our cooking habits are even at cross purposes with our sustainable development goals.”