Cooking smoke - the silent killer in Nigeria

Last Modified: Sun Jun 07 2020 07:54:24 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 90 million
    Nigerians, and almost all public institutions, cook with wood on the traditional “three-stone fire”. Traditional cooking methods are a health risk, they cause deforestation and climate change, and they are unnecessarily expensive to some of the world’s poorest people.
  • 64,600
    Number of deaths in Nigeria, every year due to exposure to smoke from polluting, open fires or inefficient fuels. Smoke exposure contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight. Women and young children are the most affected, with more than 23,000 children in Nigeria dying every year as a result of acute lower respiratory infections, including pneumonias, caused by the use of solid fuels. This is down from 95,300 based on a report published in 2013.
  • 3
    After Malaria and HIV/AIDS, smoke related deaths is the biggest killer in Nigeria. Nigeria experiences the highest number of smoke-related deaths in Africa.
  • 102 million
    Nigerians live in poverty, a ¼ of Africa’s extreme poor. The traditional cooking method is expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition.
  • 10 million
    Number of fuel-efficient stoves that the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves plans to introduce to Nigerian homes and institutions by 2020 based on a public-private partnership model. The goal is to stem the loss of life and livelihood from use of traditional wood and charcoal based cooking and also reverse deforestation.
  • Nov 2014
    The Nigerian government approves N9billion for the distribution of 750,000 clean cookstoves and 18,000 Wonder bags, in a bid to stop the depletion of forest resources caused by indiscriminate felling of trees. The approval followed a memo presented by the Minister of Environment, Laurentia Mallam, at the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting the Federal Government.
  • May 2015
    Integra Renewable Energy Services Ltd., the contractor handling the Clean Cookstoves project, confirmes that the Federal Government had released N1.3 billon out of N9.2 billon to execute the project. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Boma Young-Harry, Managing Director of the company, said the company had supplied over 120,000 gas cylinders and 12,000 ecostoves to the ministry.
  • 4,500
    Number of clean cookstoves have been sold in Nigeria as of Aug 2018 by non-profit organization Solar Sister over a period of 2 years.
  • 500,000
    Number of clean cookstoves that Sosai Renewable Energy's program aims to distribute over 5 years in rural areas. The program was initiated in 2016 and will likely benefit 2.2 million people will benefit by replacing inefficient and smoky stoves with the improved rocket stoves Sosai makes available. Each stove eliminates about 2 tons of CO2 per year.