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Lamenting Nigeria’s fragility in leadership, governance

Mariam Lady Yunusa, Head of Partners and Inter Agency Coordination at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya, looks at the implications of Nigeria being classified as a fragile state – as well as realities on ground   “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education” -Martin Luther King Jr. On 27 June 2013, ...

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Nigerian manufacturers deserve the stick

A friend of mine once told a story of how he made money by simply adhering to the environmental laws of one European country. It was during UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009, when he travelled as a civil society delegate from Nigeria. Towards the end of the heated climate talks he discovered that he did not have ...

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Energy efficiency: UNDP, GEF, SON set refrigerating appliances standard

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for refrigerating appliances emerged last week in Lagos as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) rallied a team of specialists to explore and adapt the IEC 62552 as a Nigerian Industrial Standard. The IEC 62552 is an energy consumption test standard that is presently being harmonised internationally. The GEF (Global Environment Facility)-UNDP (United Nations Development ...

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Laureates on Gaza: They’re also our children

Declaration by Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award on Gaza: As recipients of the Right Livelihood Award, popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize“, we strongly condemn the killing of hundreds of children and innocent civilians in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces, the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas against Israeli civilians, and we mourn the continued suffering of Gaza’s inhabitants. Gaza faces shortages of water ...

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Shell urged to resolve Bonga oil spill crisis

Bothered about the protracted crisis over the Bonga Oil Spillage in the Niger Delta region, Minister of Environment, Laurentia Laraba Mallam, has given a marching order to Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) to ensure that the matter is resolved amicably and expeditiously. Mallam told SPDC chairman in Nigeria, Mutiu Sunmonu, at a recent meeting in Abuja that the series of ...

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Essential biological diversity roles recognised in SDGs

Biological diversity and ecosystems last week featured prominently in the proposal of a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly agreed by acclamation to forward to the General Assembly, setting the stage for better links between the implementation of the biodiversity ...

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‘How GM foods advocates promote poverty, dependency in Africa’

The recent article, GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty, published in the Guardian’s PovertyMatters Blog on 21 July 2014, is a thinly veiled attack on those of us in Africa and elsewhere who are deeply skeptical of the supposed benefits that genetically modified (GM) crops will bring to the continent. Based on a report by London-based ...

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‘The ocean can consume us, yet we can’t help ourselves’

Okun Alfa in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos lives on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. And it’s not just lulling beach waves, sand and sun. Its residents count their losses every time the waves come crashing into their lives – on one too many occasions. Nurudeen Oyewole has been there to see the fury of nature unleashed.   “We know ...

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Why Okun Alfa experiences flooding, by Elegushi

The Okun Alfa community, which hosts the once-popular Alpha Beach in Lekki area of Eti-Osa Local Government in Lagos, has in numerous occasions been besieged by the nearby Atlantic Ocean, losing its attraction to settlers and fun seekers. Council chairman, Anofiu Elegushi, attributes the tragedy to the combined effects of ocean surge, lack of drainage facility, poor urban planning and, ...

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Gulf of Guinea countries face environmental security challenge

Environmental security remains a challenge in the Gulf of Guinea and needs a sustained, robust response by countries in the area, Abidjan Convention Regional Coordinator, Abou Bamba, said on Tuesday. “From Nouackchott to Port Harcourt, the lives of millions are threatened by climate change related environmental risks,” he said at the opening of an environmental security symposiun in Lome, capital ...

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