Ojo and Chuffor
Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 3 (3), pp. 166-170, March 2013
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 122112339
Accessibility to Domestic Energy among Rural Households: Case Study of Damboa Wagaram Ward of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria
Ojo C. O. and Chuffor L.
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
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The objective of this study was to analyze the accessibility of rural household to fuelwood in Dambao Wagaram Ward of Borno State, Nigeria. Forty households were randomly selected from where respondents for the study were obtained. Data obtained from the study were analyzed by the use of descriptive statistics. The result showed that 97.5% of respondents used fuelwood solely or complimented with other sources of domestic energy like cow dung or corn stalk. The quantity of fuelwood consumed by respondent households was an average of 6.8Kg/household/ day and 1.1Kg/person/day. When determined in monetary terms, it was found to be an average consumption cost per household per day of N81 while the average cost per person per day was N13.5. Kerosene, which was more available than other substitutes of fuelwood as domestic energy had very low sole demand (2.5%). This was as a result of its cost (N275/household/day), compared to that of fuelwood. It was recommended that more sustainable ways of consuming fuelwood should be encouraged. Furthermore, Other sources of domestic energy such as kerosene, liquefied natural gas and electricity will need to be introduced to rural women in order to reduce the rate of loss of the natural forest in the study area.
Key Words: Fuelwood, consumption, women, rural area.