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Female drivers preferred in Lagos waste evacuation scheme

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has unfolded plans to recruit more female drivers for its waste evacuation trucks following the success of an experiment it conducted with the first set of female drivers. According to the LAWMA Managing Director, Ola Oresanya, the 46 female drivers initially engaged to drive the waste evacuation trucks have shown an uncommon tenderness in ...

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Nigeria climate, water dynamics study under way

Potential impacts of climate change on water consumers and service providers in Lagos State were underlined recently, even as global warming-induced water pressure continues to dominate international discourse. There are fears that access to water in urban and rural areas in Nigeria are being constrained, no thanks to variability in climatic conditions. In coastal areas of Nigeria for instance, scientists ...

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Group, communities move to curb deforestation

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has decried the alarming rate of deforestation caused by the charcoal business in Ekiti State, even as it demanded prompt action on the part of the state government to stave off crisis between the charcoal merchants and the local communities. This call was made last week at capacity building/stakeholder forums on strategies ...

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GWP-WA canvasses increased water funding

If the Global Water Partnership, West Africa (GWP-WA) were to have its way, governments of the 13 member states in West Africa would earmark more funds for the management of water resources. This appeared to be the stand of the GWP-WA chairman, Hama Arba Diallo, during the opening session of the Fourth Assembly of Partners of the organisation held recently ...

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Climate change: Nollywood stars take fight to big screen

Poised to step up the campaign against climate change and its disastrous effects on the environment across Nigeria, a host of top Nollywood stars are set to hit location for a documentary titled, “Battle for Life”. The documentary, spearheaded by foremost actor, Jide Kosoko, is expected to dramatically examine core issues in climate change as it relates to Nigeria’s peculiar setting. ...

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Document finalised, $4m REDD+ programme implementation to commence

The implementation of the Nigeria REDD+ Readiness Programme has received the go-ahead, following a recent stakeholder-wide reassessment of the plan in Abuja. Having previously undergone an intensive check to incorporate the comments of the UN-REDD Policy Board, the approved national programme, in line with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) management procedure, required a critical analytical review of its design ...

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ERA/FoEN: Mailafia’s comment on Ogoniland report misleading

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described statements credited to Minister of Environment, Hadiza Mailafiia, blaming the delay in implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland on the January 2012 protests over fuel subsidy removal as far-fetched, misleading and unacceptable. Mailafiia, while speaking to State House correspondents after briefing President Jonathan on her ministry’s ...

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Eleri: Govt funding of pro-poor energy access on the decline

According to Ewah Eleri, Executive Director, International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), the Financing Pro-poor Energy Access project that his organisation is involved in seeks to reverse the declining Federal Government funding of pro-poor energy access by campaigning for the expansion of the scale of government, private sector and donor funding for pro-poor and gender-sensitive sustainable energy options. He spoke ...

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The HYPREP hype in Ogoniland UNEP report

Environment and social activist, Nnimmo Bassey, describes the formation by government of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) towards the implementation of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report of the assessment of the environment of Ogoniland as a mere propaganda On the eve of the one-year anniversary of inaction over the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report of the assessment ...

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Professionals in fresh bid to address building collapse menace

By 3.00 am last Wednesday in Dutse Alhaji, a district of Abuja, it happened yet again. A building collapsed, albeit with fatalities. The unsuspecting victims were fast asleep when the two-storey building under construction experienced a massive structural failure, killing three persons while nine others were left critically wounded. Most of the casualties were commercial motorcycle (okada or achaba) riders ...

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