Africare upgrades cassava processing centres to gas plant
Africare Nigeria in collaboration with Igbogbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), have upgraded the cassava and garri processing plant in Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant.
The Africare “Upgrade to Gas” project in communities, which is in line with the government’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) policy, aimed at converting 30 million households from firewood, charcoal and kerosene to gas, also empowered women towards clean cooking with the use of gas.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Cassava Processing Centre, Igbogbo, the Programme Manager, National Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Plan, office of the Vice President, Dayo Adeshina said the Federal Government is in support of complete switch of style of domestic cooking to LPG nationwide.
This he said would help to reduce the health hazards posed by the fumes emanating from the biofuels used in most Nigerian homes.
“Kerosene shouldn’t be used as a cooking fuel, it is actually an aviation fuel, which is bad for human consumption and it has to stop, if you take kerosene for example, paint a kitchen white and you go back there in five months you see the roof is black, but what you see on the roof is probably 30 percent, but 70 percent of the soot has actually gone into the system, so the government is supporting this.
There is an LPG policy, which supports the use of gas nationwide and makes it widely available as quickly as possible, which is what we are doing,” he said.
The County Director, Africare Nigeria, Dr Orode Doherty said:
“This is a community cooperative where they process cassava and garri, fufu and they also make food to sell. These women have used firewood and charcoal in the past, this is sooty, full of smoke, unhygienic and unhealthy environment, but here today we have inaugurated a community kitchen and we expect that through this kitchen we will not only demonstrate the safe use of cooking with LPG, but also encourage women in the community to come here, try their hands as first time use of the gas in order for them to comfortably and safely use it at home,” she said.
Commending the initiative, the Chairman, Igbogbo-Baiyeku, Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ikorodu, Olusesan Dairo said the initiative would discourage the use of kerosene and firewood because of the effect on the health, environment and the climate change generally.