Ministry of Local Government/GHACCO launches Clean Cookstove

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By
Gifty Amofa, Linda Ngissah, GNA

Nsawam (E/R), July 9, GNA – The Ministry of
Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) in collaboration with the Ghana
Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and fuels (GHACCO), a Non-Governmental
Organisation has formally launched the Integrated School Kitchen Improvement
Project (I-SKIP).

The technology, which was launched at the
Tieku and Sakyi Agyakwa Osaebo M/A Basic Schools Cluster in the
Nsawam-Adoagyiri Municipality of the Eastern Region, sets the pace for Clean
Cooking stoves to be introduced to other schools, households and other
institutions in Ghana.

It is an initiative to transform the
traditional cooking method to a modern clean one, which is affordable,
efficient and healthy.

Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for MLGRD who
launched the stove said the adoption and access to affordable clean sources of
energy for everyday life was the surest way to improving public health and
safety, mitigating climate change as well as attract investment for job
creation.

She said an estimated three billion people
in the developing countries were exposed to smoke from traditional cookstoves
and open fires out of which 17,000 die in Ghana.

The Minister said the world, including Ghana
had committed to ensuring improved adoption of affordable and clean energy by
2030 as part of the SDGs, adding that Ghana had signed unto the SE4ALL country
action plan and developed a corresponding clean cooking country action plan.

Ghana, in collaboration with civil society
organisations such as World Education Incorporated (WEI) and GHACCO, clean
cooking had been introduced to Ghana’s Basic School Curriculum, she stated.

Madam Adwoa Sey, World Education
Incorporated (WEI), in a presentation said the I-SKIP technology had been on
pilot in the Northern and Southern parts of the country and after its success,
it was to be rolled-out to the rest of Ghana.

Capacity building was given to caterers,
teachers and even students under the School Feeding Programme in helping to
transform school kitchens to cleaner ones to prevent pollution, open-fire and
efficiency in cooking.

She said though Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA)
had a special stove, all stoves were encouraged provided they met the national
standards, adding that users would have to choose their own stoves based on the
accessibility of fuels closer to them, which would be improved by CCA.

Mr Muhammed Amidu Lukumanu, Chief Executive
of GHACCO said 70 percent of caterers providing foods were using charcoal and
wood stove in in Greater Accra, saying the cooking scenes in the rural areas
were characterised by open flames from clay stove, tyre rim, among others.

He disclosed that about 1.2million improved
cookstoves had been deployed to households under various cookstoves’ promotion
programme by both government and private sector in Ghana.

Mr Kwesi Sarpong, Country Director, CCA
said, according to the World Health Organisation’s report in 2016, the
inhalation of black carbon emission was the second highest killer disease
worldwide.

The report said four million people died
annually around the world for using the traditional ways of cooking, which
produced such emissions and posed health risks to them making it the second
highest killer among girls and women and the fifth for men worldwide.

Quoting the report, Mr Sarpong said a
whopping 600,000 deaths were from the Sub-Saharan region, thus, Ghana was
ensuring that by 2030, about 50 percent of the citizenry would adopt the new
technology.

Mr Isaac Kwadjo Buabeng, Municipal Chief
Executive of Nsawam-Adoakyiri Municipality said I-SKIP had given a facelift to
the School Feeding Programme making the work of the caterers easier and
provided meals on time.

Madam Vida Asafo Agyei, the School Feeding
Coordinator for the area appealed that the stove be given to the caterers on
credit and paid through the School Feeding Secretariat as a means to extend the
technology to other caterers in other areas as it was faster and healthier.

GNA



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