Mrs Ebere Akwani, a Senior Research Assistant, Renewable Energy Programme in the ministry, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
“The woman that is cooking three meals a day on the open fire in an enclosed place usually smokes an average of between three to 18 packets of cigarette a day. That is on her health.
“ On the environment, of course as you are felling trees, we are creating path ways for flash floods and of course extreme heat.’’
According to her, RUWES is a three-pronged project which seeks to address the need for clean cooking, heating and lighting technologies and cater for rural women.
She said it would also cater for the needs of women who were exposed to dirty energy practice that pushed them further down the poverty line.