In the bid to curtail the use of firewood and deforestation in Nigeria, Eta Zuma West Africa Group on Thursday inaugurated the production and sale of coal briquettes as alternative fuel for home use, The Punch reports.
The Group Managing Director of the company, Mr. Innocent Ezuma, said at the inauguration of the plant in Ankpa, Kogi State that the factory would produce 2,000 tonnes of coal briquettes a month. The coal briquettes are used on specially designed stoves to eliminate soot and smoke as well as provide focused and efficient heat for domestic cooking.
Ezuma also said a contract had been awarded for the expansion of the factory to handle the production of additional 10,000 tonnes of coal briquettes. In an interview with journalists after the inauguration of the commercial sale of the products to consumers, he disclosed that a total of $30m would be spent to set up full capacity for production of 57,000 tonnes of briquettes per annum.