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Makoko: Potable water from an unlikely source

In the course of my career as a development journalist, I have come to know some peri-urban communities in Lagos and a few other states in the country, where daunting challenges seem under-reported. Makoko, a riverside community located in the old Yaba area on the Lagos Mainland, was once again my destination in the desire to unravel how communities surrounded ...

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Lagos warns on new deadly virus, ‘Coronavirus’

The Lagos State Government of Nigeria has alerted resident to the existence of a new virus in the world known as Coronavirus, which has claimed many lives in areas it has so far been reported. The state government thus called for the observance of a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene in order to reduce the risk of infection ...

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UN prepares Structure Plans for nine Osun cities

Diverse stakeholder groups  including community associations, trade groups and government officials last week began the validation of Urban Profiles prepared in nine cities in the State of Osun, under a N100 million Structure Plans Project funded by the state government in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The Osun Structure Plans Project, which kicked off in July ...

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Secret of healthy living at Makoko

One thing I have noticed during my visits to Makoko in Lagos is that the people are ever smiling, lively and vibrant; and they look well fed. MakpI also noticed that they look younger than their age. Alhaji Ibrahim Aladetan, a leader in the waterside community, is 80 years old but you would take him for someone in his 50s. ...

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Controversy trails fortified cassava project

Vitamin A is known to be essential for good vision, proper development of embryos, healthy skin and mucous membranes. It helps cells reproduce normally, plays a role in immune system function, growth, bone formation, reproduction and wound healing. It then follows that Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD), considered a public health problem especially in Africa and South-East Asia, will lead to ...

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Sao Paulo, Lagos host memorable Flag It! forums

The European Youth Press (EYP) in collaboration with partner organisations from Nigeria, Brazil, Romania, Latvia and The Philippines, has so far held two training sessions for young African, European, Asian and Latin American journalists under its “Flag It!” project. The programme aims at teaching the media executives how to use and apply data to report environmental issues. The flagship Flag ...

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REDD+: Nigeria to complete Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP)

For three days beginning from Monday July 22, 2013, stakeholders involved in the Nigerian REDD+ Readiness project will gather for a crucial meeting in Abuja, the Federal Capital City, to tidy up the scheme’s Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP). The R-PP should be ready in time for submission on or before July 31, 2013 if the country hopes to secure an ...

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Pandemonium as windstorm leaves Ekuri forest in ruin

Residents of Ekuri Community in Akamkpa Local Government Area in Cross River State in Nigeria are grief-stricken. Reason: Penultimate Saturday, they lost about 10 square kilometers of biologically diverse forest when a windstorm hit the neighbourhood, destroying a considerable part of the famous community forest on the northerly axis contiguous with the Ukpon Forest Reserve. Eyewitnesses say the storm left ...

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The vanishing legacies of Okoroba

One would be more saddened by the faster decline of the environment and usual attractions of the neighbourhood of Okoroba, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Indeed, the reduction of the countryside would bring one to the similar mood of ‘The Sea Eats Our Land’, a timeless poem by ‘Kwesi Brew’. While the Brew’s dirge (a poem mourning ...

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Water finance, resource protection challenge in West Africa

As the clock ticks towards 2015 when United Nations member states are expected to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there are still regional deficiencies in coordination, governance, legislation and financing of the water sector due to pressure of population growth weights on the resource, in spite ...

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