Environment: Bamenda Gas Plant If Realized Will Reduce Rate Of Environmental Degradation

Minister Of Water And Energy, Gaston Eloundu Laying Foundation Stone Of Gas Plant

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.

Bamenda City Mayor Paul Achobong Speaking At The Event

Hopes are high that the project said to be completed in 24 months will actually come to pass so that the environment which is already suffering from both human and natural causes will finally breath.

Studies have indicated that 240 million households converted to Liquified Petroleum Gas could save 2.37 million hectares of forest, equivalent to 46% of annual net global deforestation. A developing world household consumes two tonnes of wood per year which is the equivalent of approximately ten trees.



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