​Environmental Pollution: Group Unveils First Solar-oven for Baking

The Director of a non-governmental  organization (Developmental Association of renewable energies DARE) Engineer Yahaya Ahmed, has emphasized on the need to use solar oven in baking Bread, cake and other eatable item in order to reduce air pollution and global warming.

He said the oven uses only sun-light and it hold the heat which enabled it to help in cooking and warming all form  of food items within short time.

Yahaya, who stated this while addressing journalist in Kaduna said the  solar oven  is a device which uses the energy of direct sunlight to heat, cook or pasteurize  drink and other food materials.

 “how the solar oven work is through Converting light energy to heat energy, and that enabled the solar brief-case cook what ever is inside the oven within short time for family consumption”

“The solar oven must be turned towards the sun and left until the food is cooked, turn the oven to face the sun more precisely and to ensure that shadows from nearby buildings or plants have not blocked the sunlight”

“This is the first time, we bring the technology in Nigeria, and our goal is to train plenty rural urban and urbans women on it uses,so as to save our forestry from going extinction due to continuous demand of firewood and charcoal business that is ravaging Nigeria forest”

“Solar cooker  concentrate sunlight onto a receiver such as a cooking oven . The interaction between the light energy and the receiver material converts light to heat and this is called conduction”

Engineer Yahaya explained that Northern Nigeria is highly blessed with heat from sun-light, hence the need to educate more women and youth on ways to embracing cooking foodstuff  with the oven in order to save Nigerian forestry from continuous demand of charcoal and firewood trees.

He said local bakery house also need to embrace the new technology so as to reduce burning of firewood when baking bread, adding that cutting down of  forestry for baking is also contributing toward triggering Climate change, desertification and other ecological challenges that is affecting our environment on daily basis.

According to the Director, “any solar cookers currently in use are relatively inexpensive, low-tech devices , although some are as powerful or as expensive as traditional stoves,and advanced, large-scale solar cookers can cook for hundreds of people.Because they use no fuel and cost nothing to operate”.

One of the participants, Mrs Ruth Timothy expressed happiness for such a training, saying she enjoys using the oven in her every day activities.

She called on rural women to embrace using the technology so as to halt spending money buying Gas and charcoal with firewood.

Mrs Timothy added that it is the easiest thing for every women to have such solar oven that uses all sun for cooking and baking other item.

Similarly,  The assistant Director of African climate reporters, Dr piman Hoffman, said Solar ovens harness the sun’s energy to cook food ,the easiest ways without causing any environmental problems .

Piman says “you don’t have to use gas or electricity for meals,cause this saves money  and is better for the environment”.

“Traditional bakeries daily contribute to the increased global warming which inturn triggers climate change. And this is because they still practice the old method of using firewood for their activities”.

“Africa’s forestry is gradually going extinct due to continuous demand of firewood for domestic cooking, bakery, building construction and mining activities.”

The Climatologist said that every day thousands of trees are cut down without replacement of new ones in Nigeria and some parts of Africa, adding that more forestry are fast turning into desert land and this has forced the migration of millions of wildlife animals and human beings.

“The daily demand of firewood by traditional bakery houses is becoming a big threat to forestry, hence, the need for AU, European Union, (EU) and other stakeholders to embark on raising awareness on the dangers posed by traditional bakeries activities to the forest land in Africa,” he said.

In a research conducted by a team of African Climate Reporters, it was revealed that in every community/gheto in cities of Africa, there are more than 3 to 4 traditional local bakeries that daily uses a truck load of firewood for it activities.

Hoffman stressed that bakery owners in Africa needed to embraced modern methods to carryout their activities like electricity or solar power for baking, other than depending on firewood and charcoal.

“Humans throughout history have played a key role in determining the number of living trees, but, the fact remains that local bakeries in Africa consumed high quantity of firewood daily for production and other uses.

“The old method of baking consumed large quantity of firewood and yet workers still used manual form of mixing the ingredients during their production.
“The old methods were seen as unnecessary, both hygienically and financially unsound, most importantly since it produces bread and sweets that are not up to standard amd taste.

“The population of trees decreased daily as a result of this ugly practice of illegal felling of trees including the activities of local miners.

Human activity is the greatest predictor of whether trees will survive in a given area,” Hoffman disclosed.

He said that government must halt the continuous attack on forest for firewood, rather local bakers should embrace alternative energy from sun, wind, and electricity.

​Insecurity: Senate won’t fight Buhari to please anybody — Lawan

President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said yesterday that the National Assembly has no reason whatsoever to fight President Muhammadu Buhari in order to please anybody in the country.

Lawan stated this when he received in Abuja a delegation from Adamawa State which paid him a visit in appreciation to the National Assembly for converting the Modibbo Adama University, Yola, into a conventional university.

The delegation was led by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed and the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdullahi Liman Tukur.

Lawan said: “When we disagree, we will do so, but if we have no reason to disagree, we will not do that because we want to please anybody.”

It would be recalled that senators and Nigerians had asked President Muhamma-du Buhari to sack the service chiefs because of their failure to end security challenges confronting Nigeria, which the President has failed to do

Lawan hailed the efforts of the armed forces in restoring security to parts of Nigeria, saying the spate of insecurity across states was gradually being reversed.

He noted that recent developments showed an improvement in efforts made by the armed forces towards addressing the spate of insecurity in parts of the country.

The Senate President said: “Those of us in position of leadership today are probably more challenged than any set of leaders. We need to pray, but we also need to act, work hard and apply ourselves fully and work committedly to ensure that we serve Nigerians.

“Nothing is impossible, this situation of insecurity gradually is being reversed. I am particularly happy with recent developments about our armed forces. They are doing better than they were doing before.

“I’m sure the economy will also start to improve, and we will get out of recession that we entered last month.

“With the implementation of the capital budget 2020 up till the end of March, and of course, the start of the implementation of the 2021 budget, the economy will receive a boost.”

Lawan, who noted that the conversion of the university was the outcome of a collaborative effort between the legislature and the executive arms of government, said the ninth National Assembly would be judged fairly by Nigerians for its pro-people legislation, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic which slowed the country’s pace of development.

“I will take this opportunity to commend Mr. President for assenting to that bill. This is what we call cooperative governance. We work with the executive to ensure that Nigerian people benefit from democracy.

“We have set our eyes on our target of making Nigeria better and making Nigerians safer. What matters to us is what we are able to achieve at the end of the day.

“History will judge us very fairly, and without sounding immodest, I’ll like to take this opportunity to congratulate the ninth National Assembly.

“The ninth National Assembly has achieved so much between 2019 till date for the benefit of this country, despite the pandemic, and the secret is unity and harmony.’’

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Modibbo Adama University, Yola, Professor Abdullahi Liman Tukur, said the university was set to fully transform into new status of a conventional university, conferred on it by an Act of Parliament signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari penultimate week .

​FG warns against giving NIN to others for registration

The federal government has warned Nigerians to desist from selling or allowing others to use their National Identity Number, NIN, for registration.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Pantami, who gave the warning at a review meeting between the federal government and stakeholders in Abuja Monday, said any action committed with the NIN, positive or negative, would be officially traced.

He charged the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force for the NIN/SIM linkage exercise to fast-track the processes so that the project will be delivered in due time.

The minister also disclosed that the four telecom operators in Nigeria, have collected over 47 million National Identity Numbers, NINs, from their subscribers in just one month.

The NINs will be linked with the telephone SIM cards before the second deadline for linkage will expire on February 9, 2021.

The minister, who stated this in a statement signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, said the technical and implementation committee reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise, adding that the federal government was pleased with the progress so far.

He said: “So far, a total of 47.8 million NINs have been collected by the mobile operators. This is a commendable achievement. At an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber, this means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021.

On December 15, 2020, the Federal Government declared that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked.

It later extended the December 30, 2020 deadline following widespread opposition against the earlier announcement and gave three weeks’ extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021.

It also gave six weeks’ extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021, but many organisations have called for a further deadline extension or outright suspension of the NIN registration process due to the large number of people who are yet to get their NINs.