Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says about 100,000 Nigerians die annually as a result of “inefficient cooking practices using polluting stoves paired with solid fuels like charcoal and kerosene.”
According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), “approximately 100,000 of this terrible number are Nigerians” among the 4.3 million individuals who die each year as a result of improper cooking techniques.
According to Mr. Osinbajo’s comments, 600,000 Nigerians have suffered and died in the six years since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May 2015.
Mr. Osinbajo, who departed Nigeria on Monday for the World Liquified Petroleum Gas Association summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, announced this on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
Use of hazardous fuels for cooking is “third highest killer in Nigeria after malaria and HIV,” Mr Osinbajo said.
He added that, “The need to transition from these fatally hazardous fuels to cleaner energy is exigent, and there is an easy answer: initiating conversations that will ensure sustainable availability and access to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), like the one we are gathered for today at this year’s LPG Week ’21.”
Mr Osinbajo will be speaking at the Dubai forum, to be attended by over 2,000 delegates from 72 countries.