Held on the 28th of November, 2016 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the Forum had the objectives of reviewing existing policies and practices, addressing lessons learned, understanding gaps to be filled and opportunities to be accessed. The event which had Pelumi Samuel representing Chanja Datti, brought together key policymakers, private sector leaders, foundations, research institutions, women groups and civil society stakeholders as well as international partners to reposition a common cause - clean cooking energy for all.
The meeting was divided four sections. The third section was held in two venues concurrently. In the first section, opening section, key officials in the government, private sector and international agencies were present to seek reposition on how to achieve clean cooking energy for all Nigerians. This section was moderated by Gloria Ume-Ezeoke of Channels Television. The panellist present were; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Climate Change: Honourable Obinna Chidoka, Chairman, House Committee on Environment: Paul Arkwright, High Commissioner, British High Commission: Osagie Okunbur, Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria who was represented by Tony Attah, Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas.
The second panel was held with the aim of taking stocks, and the following panellist were present: Mrs Nkechi Obi, MON, Executive Vice Chairman, Techno Oil Ltd; Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry Of Environment; Arijit Basu, Regional Director/ Market Development (sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia), Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Onuvae Precious, Market Manager, Nigerian Alliance For Clean Cookstoves; DayoAdesina, President, Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA). This panel was moderated by David Martin, General Manager, Production, Shell Petroleum Development Corporation.
The third panel meeting which Chanja Datti was represented in was tagged “A path to clean cooking in Nigeria’s poorest. “ This panel was moderated by Alex Abutu, AfricaSTI.com. The panellists present were Happy Amos, Managing Director, Roshan Global Services Ltd; Cosmas Anyanwu, Senior Research Fellow, NCERD, University of Nigeria , Nsukka; Musa Raymond, Managing Director, Musa Raymond Nig. Co. Ltd; Harry Stokes, Managing Director, Project Gaia; and Suraj Wahab, Managing Director, Toyola Energy Group.
The final and fourth panel meeting was moderated by Country Director of Christian Aid, Charles Usie. The panellists were Dr. Orode Doherty, Country Director, Africare; Arijit Basu, Regional Director/ Market Development (sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia).
Some thoughts and conclusions reached include:
- Clean cooking is a fundamental right to all Nigerian citizens.
- Nigeria is the second largest producer of LPG.
- 5 million tons of LPG has produced in the country annually, but Nigeria has the capacitor use only 2.5 million annually. But unfortunately, there is only 21 percentage of LPG in the urban Nigeria, and 4 percentage penetration in the rural Nigeria.
- Development of supply and ensuring that LPG is affordable and acceptable is necessary.
- There should be regulations in supply and demand.
- About 40000 jobs will be created directly or indirectly for through the use of LPGs.
- The Director General Of Energy Commission Of Nigeria stated that a lot of work has been done by the commission to ensure clean sustainable energy for all Nigerians.
- Senator Oluremi Tinubu stated that Laws are enacted, but they need to get to households. She also stated the affordability and availability to the masses is a necessity.
- The rate of deforestation is about 3 percent per annum, of which only 10 percent is recovered by afforestation.
- The need for special Federal Government intervention for a national clean cooking forum.
- Harnessing the power of partnership
- Enhancing national awareness campaign and acceptability.
- Ensure availability, accessibility, and affordability of the alternative clean Cookstoves.
- Fostering an enabling environment.
- Strengthening supply.
- Enhancing Demand.
- A country action plan.
- Distribution channels
- Removal of fuel subsidy; it has a negative effect on the path towards clean cooking.
- Financial Inclusion
- Reduction of import duty on ICS
- LPG initiative India
- Prime Minister’s People Money Scheme
- It is about getting closer to the issue and continually telling the same message
- Unless you convince someone about the need for clean cookstoves you will not be able to make the person accept it.
- The need for a practical incentive to make cook spices affordable.
- Cookstooves are not aspirational, it is a ‘pull' product in the Denver that people need to be convinced to buy them.
- If the country should take the issue of clean cook stoves like it took Ebola, the success of clean cookstoves will be great.
- Experience affect the behaviour of people towards LPGs, and he gave the story of a friend who experienced the death of a family through gas leakage.
- Scalability: can the diocese be scaled to fit people’s needs
- Flexibility : Are the diocese flexible? Communication with the masses is what will ensure that the stoves will meet people’s needs.
- Affordability of stoves
- Investment on programs that contributes to clean energy initiative.
- City development has caused deforestation.
- The idea of clean energy should be passed to the masses in “Naira and Kobo” terms.
- “ We owe it as a duty to our unborn generation to leave something sustainable for them.”