A company, Green Panacea Limited, has begun training of 345 people, drawn from the 23 LGAs in Kaduna State on biogas production technology.
Biogas is a renewable fuel that is produced when organic matter, such as food or animal waste, is broken down by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen.
The training is supported by the Kaduna State Ministry of Local Government and Ministry for Environment.
Speaking to newsmen on the sideline of the training, Dr Aisha Yusuf, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Green Panacea Limited said the training was to enhance the capacity of young people towards fighting climate change.
Describing biogas as a major component in the conversion and impact creation for mitigating climate change, she said it has a viable means of job creation for the teeming youth population.
Yusuf added that the training was aimed at ensuring the possibilities of every home in Kaduna imbibe the culture of biogas usage and production.
She noted that the unfriendly economic situation in the country, where the cost of LPG cooking gas is always on the rise, should be a key reason for the shift to biogas.
“We also want to see the possibilities of reducing the rate of deforestation in our environments, and of course people can not be stopped from what they are naturally used to without giving them alternatives.
“The alternative here is biogas production, we want to see every home having access to, or producing their biogas,” Yusuf said.
Speaking on the associated risk in using biogas for cooking, the CEO noted that it is safe for usage and has low or even zero volatility.
“As the name implies; biogas is biological and natural, it does not cause havoc to anybody using it, it is free of all the elements that cause volatility,” she said.
She commended the Kaduna State Government for mobilising and sponsoring the participants for the training.
A participant, Mr Wisdom Katuka from Jaba LGA, said with the current state of the economy, he is indebted to the company for ensuring that he also trains members of his community on biogas production.
He said that he has over the years been hearing of biogas, where in the training he testified that it is workable.
“With this training, I will one day become an employer of labour, more to that, I will be producing my own biogas for my home use, it will actually save me so much cost and improve my financial capacity,” he said.
Similarly, Mr Aliyu Yusuf from Igabi LGA, said the training on biogas production would be very beneficial to him, adding that being a businessman, he has seen a way of diversifying his business.
He thanked the company and the Kaduna State Government for the opportunity, noting that the training, if put into reality will improve their livelihood in many ways.
Also, Ms Naomi Iliya, said with the abundance of waste in Kaduna, biogas production would be her target business.
She therefore thanked the organisers of the training for the opportunity while pledging to make judicious use of the skills she acquired to train members of her community. (NAN)
Source: News Agency of Nigeria