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African ministers adopt common position ahead Doha

The 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) held recently in Arusha, Tanzania. Among the key resolutions in the Arusha Declaration is the endorsement of the updated common African position on climate change as the basis for negotiations by African States on strengthening the international climate change regime through full, effective and sustained implementation of the United ...

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Fodeke: Sea level rise threatens nation’s seaports, oil installations

The nation’s vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change will cost it dearly, according to an expert. Dr Victor Fodeke, formerly Nigeria’s climate chief, is particularly worried over the threat of extensive damage to petrochemical industrial installations presently concentrated in the coastal belt from sea-level rise. According to him, the numerous industries clustering around Nigeria’s seaports are seriously threatened ...

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How cassava can transform economy, by agronomist

Like most Nigerian teenagers who have dreams and ambition after secondary school to further their education, Miss Oluwashayo Elubode had high hopes. Miss Elubode is a young and aspiring Agronomist I met when I visited the International Institute of Tropical Agricultural (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, in company of the Youth Voices for Small Scale Farmers which recently toured the ...

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Nigeria, others for Lafarge’s affordable housing programme launch

Nigeria and four other countries have been pencilled for the initial launch of a scheme aimed at enabling some 2 million people worldwide to have access to affordable and sustainable housing between now and 2020. Courtesy of cement maker, Lafarge, the microfinance programme for affordable housing is targeted at people in emerging markets with low purchasing power to help them ...

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Laaniba: Misery by the Ivory Tower

The sight of roaming goats depicted a typical village setting. The muddy houses, the types found in the remotest of villages possible, lend an air of rural scenery to the locality; their (the houses’) openings for wooden windows intercepting the even splash of mud on the walls. Many of the houses are roofed with iron sheets that have caved in ...

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Group offers assistance to flood victims

More than 10,000 people, mostly women and children have been displaced by the recent floods in Nigeria. Hundreds of communities in Anambara, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Kogi, Niger, and several other states were affected. The disaster is described as Nigeria’s worst since the civil war. According to officials of the Women Environmental Programme (WEP), if nothing is done urgently, ...

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Ajuwon-Akute residents lament dry water taps

With a population of about 150,000 people, the Ajuwon and Akute communities located in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State are long due for total development. The two communities bordering Lagos State share cultural identities with the people of the Iju-Agege axis of Nigeria’s former capital city. Despite their proximity to Lagos, the twin communities are still far behind ...

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Hygeine concerns trail abandoned water project in Ewohimi

The last time residents of Ewohimi town in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State fetched potable water from the dispensing pumps installed in strategic locations across the community by the state-owned Water Board was over a decade ago. Ewohimi, an ancient town with a population of over 25,000 people, is the largest town in Esan South East Local ...

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