The Federal government is  proposing a master plan to make gas readily available to Nigerians, a Senior official of the Ministry of Environment has said.

The official, Dr Peter Tarfa , an assistant director in the ministry, explained that the master plan was a strategy to conserve the nation”s forest and make gas available for domestic useTarfa, said on Monday in Abuja, that if the proposal is approved by government, it would curtail the present high rate of deforestation and also encourage Nigerians to use gas instead of firewood for cooking.

“The high rate of deforestation all over the country is occasioned by domestic use of fuel wood, this will stop as soon as gas is made available for domestic use,” he said. He promised that government would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the environment remains sustainable, adding that the forest serve as a veritable means to curtail the impact of climate change. If the gas master plan is approved, there will be sufficient forest to absolve green house gas,” he said.

He said that it would also enable the country benefit from financial assistance to conserve the forest provided by the United Nations under Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) project. Tarfa said that Nigeria had registered four Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects to assist the country clean the air.

According to him, four registered CDM projects accounts for over 50 per cent of certified emission reduction generated in Africa. He said that the projects would not only enable developed countries attain their certified emission reduction, but would also help developing countries attain sustainable development.

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