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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Stakeholders seek improved funding for water, sanitation

Following a review of current trends within the sector, experts have expressed concern over the prevailing situation and called for a thoughtful financial initiative that would aid the provision, management and maintenance of water. They likewise want the issue of infrastructures and sanitation addressed. At a daylong Media Roundtable on “Resources Mobilisation for Improved Water Supply and Sanitation service delivery ...

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Stakeholders step up moves to conserve Niger Delta’s biodiversity

A major step was taken recently in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, where nature conservation practitioners gathered for two days to fashion out a way to save the threatened biological diversity of the Niger Delta region in Nigeria. While it harbors a large reserve of untapped oil and gas, the sprawling region is characterised by high biodiversity, abundant natural ...

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Rotational grazing meets technology on Mambilla Plateau

Cattle rearing

“Consider the cattle, grazing as they pass you by. They do not know what is meant by yesterday or today, they leap about, eat, rest, digest, leap about again, and so from morning till night and from day to day, fettered to the moment and its pleasure or displeasure, and thus neither melancholy nor bored. (…) Ever trusting in the ...

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Bassey: Time to clean up Niger Delta mess

About this time last year this writer had the tough job of settling a dispute between two friends. One is a Nigerian from the Niger Delta and the other a South Africa from the Witbank area. Their argument was over which was the most polluted place in Africa. Was it the oil fields of the Niger Delta or the coalmine ...

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Nigeria to showcase GEF projects, attends Fifth Assembly

Minister of Environment, Laurentia Mallam, as the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Political Focal Point for Nigeria, will lead the country’s delegation to the Moon Palace Hotel on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera from 25th-30th May, 2014 for the 5th GEF Assembly. The GEF Assembly is an international conference organised by the GEF every four years and plays the role of a Global ...

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How govt’s effort to curb malnutrition is hampered


Activities of smugglers who bring in staple foods into the country have continued to hampers government’s effort at reducing malnutrition among Nigerians. Head of Nutrition, Federal Ministries of Health, Dr Chris Isokponwu, stated this recently during a media workshop organised by Nestlé on Creating Shared Value held in Lagos. Dr Isokponwu submitted that, among efforts towards ensuring basic food produced ...

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Concern over health, safety hazards at work place

The average Nigerian worker spends about seven to eight hours at his or her workplace every work day. One question safety experts have always asked is: How safe is the Nigerian worker and his environment? In celebration of the International Workers’ Day marked on May 1st, the Safety Advocacy and Empowerment Foundation (SAEF), a non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with the ...

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Stakeholders seek to mainstream climate change into development agenda

In the light of the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and national implementation of Vision 20:2020, experts and key government officials have taken up a campaign to integrate climate change/environmental concerns into the nation’s development agenda, particularly the second National Implementation Plan (NIP-2). The initiative was the outcome ...

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Experts to Confab: How to repair nation’s degraded environment

Akwa Ibom

Concerned by the lack of sufficient enabling laws to protect the environment coupled with the devastating effects of climate change in the country, a group of environment and climate change experts recently in Abuja presented a memorandum to the Environment Committee of the National Conference. The forum was facilitated by the Abuja-based Nigeria country office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). ...

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Bewildered Nwajiuba to Mallam: Why, why and why?

Executive Director, Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST), and Delegate to the on-going National Conference, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, recently in Abuja confronts Environment Minister, Laurentia Mallam, with some issues of interest   Some Nigerians, since the commencement of Committee work at the on-going National Conference, familiar with my work on Environment in the country, have written-in a number of concerns ...

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