. Zamfara Govt Provides 2,000 Clean Cookstoves for Residents
By Faridat Salifu
In a significant move towards environmental sustainability, the Zamfara State government has unveiled plans to distribute 2,000 clean cookstoves to vulnerable households as part of its robust climate action initiative. The initiative seeks to make a substantial impact on carbon emissions, with the introduced cooking stoves, named Save80, boasting an impressive 80% reduction in emissions.
Mahmud Abdullahi, the Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, announced this commitment during the global climate change conference, COP28, in Dubai. Abdullahi underscored the transformative effect of these cookstoves, not only in curbing emissions but also in engaging local communities in the state’s broader climate action program. The initiative aims to raise awareness about the adverse effects of climate change while providing tangible incentives for adopting sustainable practices.
Emphasizing a comprehensive strategy in the fight against climate change, Abdullahi outlined the state’s vision to establish a solar farm capable of generating approximately 30 megawatts of renewable energy. This ambitious undertaking is poised to benefit an estimated 4 million residents, aligning with Zamfara State’s long-term objective of ensuring reliable electricity for its growing population, currently standing at 9.5 million.
The commissioner highlighted the state’s achievements at COP28, citing successful collaborations with diverse organizations and non-governmental entities keen on supporting Zamfara’s climate initiatives. Notably, the state secured backing from GGI Global Initiative, an international organization committed to assisting in the development of a comprehensive climate action plan focused on both adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Governor Dauda Lawal’s administration is further demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship by proactively funding two groundbreaking climate action projects. These initiatives aim to position the state in the carbon market and strengthen sustainable practices within its borders.
Zamfara State’s initiatives underscore a dedicated commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development. The proactive and progressive stance taken by the state showcases a determined effort to mitigate the impacts of climate change, setting a noteworthy example for others to follow.