MINISTER of State, Prime Minister’s Office (Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability), Prof Joyce Ndalichako, has emphasised the use of clean energy for cooking in order to protect health and environment.
Prof Ndalichako made the plea yesterday in her capacity as legislator for Kasulu Urban where she participated in an exercise to distribute 600 cooking gas cylinders and stoves donated by the Oryx Gas Tanzania Limited (OGTL).
The company donated to women groups in Kasulu District, Kigoma Region.
“Distributing these gas cylinders to our citizens is part of supporting efforts by President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan who has been emphasising on protection of the environment by avoiding cutting down trees,” she stated.
The minister said the use of charcoal and firewood has been detrimental to health and environment, hence it was good that citizens use clean energy for cooking.
“These gas cylinders are going to give relief to women groups because they will stop using charcoal and firewood and instead start using clean energy,” she said.
She further asked the OGTL to continue providing education to the citizens over proper use of cooking gas for ensuring their safety.
OGTL Managing Director, Araman Benoit said the company has been at the forefront in advocating for the use of clean cooking energy in the country.
Mr Benoit stated that the company aims to see a big change in the use of clean and safe energy for cooking for all Tanzanian communities and this is in line with the government’s 10-year plan for the safe use of clean cooking energy.
OGTL is investing in the future by implementing carbon offset schemes through clean cooking education, donation of free LPG startup kits to some regions, promotion of LPG usage through massive selling of gas cylinders at cheap prices as well as mass training for LPG safe use.
All these efforts are aimed to make sure majority of Tanzanians are gradually adopting clean cooking energy solution as per the pledge of President Samia.