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WaterAid: 210 million more Africans lack access to sanitation than in 1990

African Governments are failing to keep their funding promises on sanitation, a new WaterAid report has revealed. The report warns that unless investment is increased, the challenges of urbanisation, climate change and most critically population growth risk turning the clock back on sanitation access even further. From 1990 to 2010, the population of sub-Saharan Africa grew by 340 million, however only ...

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Lagos climate summit: Proffering solution to global warming

On July 10, 2011, the heavens suddenly opened up and, for 16 hours non-stop, Lagos experienced a torrential rainfall that led to loss of lives and destruction of property. Then on February 13, 2012, an unprecedented storm with wind speed hovering between 75km and 100km befell bustling city, damaging numerous homes, 49 public schools, one administrative building and killed nine ...

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N2bn 11-floor apartment to replace Isale Gangan slum

The Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA) has commenced the regeneration of the Isale Gangan area of the state, even as plans are underway to ensure that the nine major blighted areas of the state get a face-lift in the not too distant future. The redevelopment project involves 13 families coming together to relinquish their interest/landed property into a common ...

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Govt begins re-greening of Abuja

Before the creation of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 1976, the area known today as Abuja was a collection of gazetted forest reserves. But they were all cleared during the development of the capital city. However, fresh efforts to re-green the city have commenced, courtesy of the FCT Administration which during the week flagged-off a tree planting campaign. The ...

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Confusion as Monday night torrential rainfall hits Lagos

It was an experience Lagosians would love to forget. They had gone out for their daily endeavours but to return home on Monday night was challenging, no thanks to the heavy downpour and the consequent flood-induced traffic that lasted till the early hours of the next day. The rainfall, which started around 7.30 pm when most city dwellers were on ...

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UNDP builds ‘sustainable’ floating school in Makoko

As a way of improving the quality of education in a sustainable way, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is constructing a group of floating schools in Makoko coastal community of Lagos. The school, whose prototype design was unveiled during a ceremony a week ago, is a two-storey building standing on silt and would be powered by solar energy. Country ...

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