UN to train Kwara women on cooking gas, fertiliser production 


The United Nations Women body, has announced plans to train women in Kwara state on the production of cooking gas and organic fertiliser using a low cost bio gas technology. 

UN Women is the United Nations women organisation that delivers programmes, policies, and standards that uphold women’s human rights and ensure that every woman and girl lives up to her full potential.

The global women body announced that the launch of the project will take place in Kwara state in June this year shortly after decorating Kwara state governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as a global ‘HeforShe champion’ for his supportive policies on women.

The UN women country representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Beatrice Eyong, who led a delegation on a courtesy visit to Government House, Ilorin, said the state was considered for the project because of the fare  representations  the state governor had given women in governance and  economic empowerment programmes.

She said the “Low-cost biogas is a technology that has so many advantages for our women. With low-cost biogas technology, women can produce their own cooking gas. And that will mean that they don’t need to buy charcoal, kerosine, or cut firewood”.

She added that the  left over from the biogas production can also be used as organic fertiliser that will encourage women to grow their garden and practice subsistence farming. 

Received by the governor along side the first lady of the state, Ambassador Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, Eyong also requested the governor to consider another legislation that gives women more access to public sector contracting process as a form of economic empowerment, saying 90% of government’s contracts go to enterprises owned by men while women struggle with just 10%.

The governor, for his part, thanked the organisation for the honour, which he said will encourage him and others to do more. 

Governor AbdulRazaq said he has no regrets appointing women to key positions because “they have done so well.”