A new World Bank report has suggested that many Nigerian women suffered from health complications caused by long-term exposure to firewood.
The banking regulator further revealed that approximately 98,000 people die every year due to their long-term exposure to hazardous cooking solutions such as firewood.
“Nigeria ranks second globally, behind only China and India, in the percentage of the population without access to clean cooking solutions. As a result, most Nigerians have resorted to using firewood for cooking, heating and various household chores as a way to cope with the country's challenging economic conditions. Tragically, a significant number of Nigerian women suffer from health problems caused by long-term exposure to firewood smoke, with the World Health Organization estimating that over 98,000 deaths annually are attributed to this source,” the World Bank report said in part.
Why the World Bank Should Suspend Loans to the 36 Nigerian States – SERAP
Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the President of the World Bank, Mr. Ajay Banga, to conduct prompt, transparent and effective investigations into the utilization of loans and other facilities by the 36 Governors of the country and to suspend all loans. and financing “if there is relevant admissible evidence of mismanagement or misappropriation of public funds by any of the states.”
In the letter dated November 25, 2023, signed by SERAP Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, the group also urged the Bank to suspend further applications for loans and other financing to the 36 states until such states satisfactorily address can explain details of the use of loans and other facilities obtained from the Bank and its partners.
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