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Fresh flood worries as govt warns of Lake Nyos collapse

The spate of flooding spreading across the land may not abate soon. In fact, if recent revelations are anything to go by, the situation is about to worsen. The latest threat is coming from the least expected source: a harmless-looking but notorious lake in neighbouring Cameroon known more for releasing killer gases than causing flooding: the Lake Nyos. Exasperated officials ...

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Oyeleke: Flood alerts have helped to save lives, prepare communities

Against the backdrop of the cache of floods ravaging the land, moves are being intensified to alleviate the plight of hapless Nigerians via an initiative designed to warn ahead of impending danger. The scheme, which is already in its fourth year, is basically a flood early warning system, such that a given region or community is alerted of a looming ...

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Gari: Nigeria engages further in forest conservation and green development

Nigeria, Cross River State and the United Nations sign Nigeria’s UN-REDD National Programme, with an innovative two-track approach, and gear up to implement it, says Josep A. Garí, Environmental Finance Specialist (UNDP) and Regional Advisor for Africa (UN-REDD), who is based at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya   Nigeria’s UN-REDD National Programme was signed on 28 August 2012, ...

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Western states collaborate to tackle environmental challenges

A framework document that will assist the six South-West states to address the various environmental challenges confronting them is underway. The document, when completed, would be inculcated into the all-encompassing Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN). DAWN is the blueprint document put together by all the six states early this year on how to integrate, as a region, towards bringing ...

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Rotary commits $75 million to end polio

Rotary International has announced plans to contribute $75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as part of a worldwide effort to close a $945 million funding gap that threatens to derail the 24-year-old global health effort, even as new polio cases are at an all-time low. Rotary, which already has contributed more than $1.2 billion to stop ...

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Makurdi flood zone becomes tourist haven

The Makurdi floods have become some sort of a tourist attraction for many residents of the Benue State Capital. After much persuasion from family members to pay a visit to the worst hit part of the town by the floods, I drove my two boys, cousin, uncle, aunty and an in-law through the grid-lock Wurukum Roundabout area where they started ...

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Experts gather in Lagos for ‘ARTing Climate Change’

All roads will on Thursday 27th September 2012 lead to the University of Lagos, Akoka, venue of the “ARTing Climate Change” event being organised by Zero Carbon Africa (ZCA). The initiative is a green carpet event tailored to showcase climate change impacts on different sectors of the Nigerian society using art – music, interpretative dance performance, poetry, sharing of real experiences and ...

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Climate change, food security: African Water Facility supports new Zambia dams

The African Development Bank has approved a African Water Facility (AWF) grant of €950,000 to support a project to help the Government of Zambia develop, test and adopt updated guidelines, which will be used as framework for programming as well as designing the financing, construction and operations of multi-purpose small dams. The dams are expected to directly improve the lives ...

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Mailafia tasks environmental health officers

Environment Minister, Hadiza Mailafia, has tasked Environmental Health Officers to rededicate themselves to their work by inspecting at least 50 houses per day to remove environmental nuisance and reduce the incidences of communicable diseases, diarrhea, cholera and malaria. She said in Abuja on Monday during the inauguration of Environmental Health Practice Monitoring Committee that the officers should “abate the nuisances ...

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Flood: 5,000 homes submerged in Kogi, 370,000 homeless in Edo

Lokoja, the Kogi State capital city, is one of the numerous locations severely flooded as a result of torrential rainfall and release of water from the Kainji Dam along the course of the River Niger. Banda, a town which is about 30 minutes from Lokoja, is also one of the worst hit, with the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway cut into two at ...

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