Environment: Bamenda Gas Plant If Realized Will Reduce Rate Of Environmental Degradation
By Raymond Dingana
The old habit of collecting wood for cooking has been identified as one of the major cause of deforestation in Bamenda and the North West Region (NWR) of Cameroon as a whole.
This is because cooking gas though believed to be clean energy is costly for an average Cameroonian especially those in the rural communities like Mbangshe where the gas plant is to see the light of day. This explains why many go for firewood for cooking.
With the laying of the foundation stone for the construction of a domestic gas storage and filling station in Mbangshe, a neighborhood in Bamendankwe in the NWR, Saturday November 05, by the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundu Essomba, hopes are high that deforestation which also comes with its own troubles and climate change amongst others will be minimised.
As pointed out by the Mayor of the Bamenda City Council, Paul Achobong,
"the gas project will fight against deforestation and climate change. This is because trees will not be fell in larger quantities for firewood as the case is at the present moment.This will be good news for the environment," said Achobong.