The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the purchase of N9.2billion worth of clean cooking stoves and wonder bags for rural women under the National Clean Cooking Scheme.
Nurudeen Muhammed, Supervising Minister of Information briefed the press at the end of the meeting presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
“The National Clean Cooking Scheme is an aggressive drive to engender clean cooking culture amongst the poor rural women, to reduce and possibly eliminate cooking with solid fossil which is detrimental to health.
“The scheme is expected to provide 20 million clean stoves over a five-year period at the rate of four million stoves yearly, which will be distributed without charge. It will also reduce incessant felling of trees, which exposes the country to ecological problems,” Muhammed said.
Muhammed added that the N9.2billion inclusive of Value Added Tax was approved for the procurement of 750,000 units of clean cooking stove and 18,000 wonder bags which are expected to be delivered by Messrs Integra Renewable Energy Services Limited within a period of 12 weeks.
He noted that the stoves, which will be assembled locally, will provide jobs to Nigerians among other benefits.
The council also awarded a provision of engineering infrastructure for Kyami District, Zone C, Abuja contract of N60.9billion to KaKatar CE Limited, an indigenous construction firm.
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