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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ebola Virus: Nigerian nurse dead, six others infected

One of the medical officers that attended to late Ebola victim, Liberian-born Patrick Sawyer, has died after she became infected with the virus. The nurse came into direct contact with the late Liberian-American man, according to officials of the Federal Government. At a press briefing held today, Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, confirmed that six other people have tested positive ...

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Confab report ready for debate on Aug. 13, says spokesman

The final report of the National Conference is ready and will be debated by delegates on Aug. 13 in Abuja, Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications of the conference, Mr James Akpandem, has said.     Akpandem told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that the report of the conference was already being reproduced to meet the ...

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Group demands $100b to restore, compensate polluted Niger Delta

Dr Uyi Ojo of ERA/FOEN

Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, reflects on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland, three year after its release I draw our collective attention to the blood stained banner of ecological catastrophe hanging over Ogoniland, which has been acclaimed globally as one of the most horrendous in human ...

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Info on rampaging Ebola virus

A victim of Ebola virus

A man who became ill on a flight from Liberia to Lagos has raised alarms for public-health officials after he later died of the virus. The Ebola outbreak has so led to more than 800 deaths in West Africa. A Nigerian female doctor that treated a victim is said to be infected. Liberia has closed most of its borders, and ...

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GMO debate in Nigeria: The pros and cons

As the debate on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) hots up in the country, EnviroNews Nigeria presents views of the pro- and anti-GMO crusaders, who of recent in various forums sought to enlighten the public on issues therein. While a government agency official on one hand makes a case for the concept to receive legal backing, a civil society activist, on the ...

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Activists lament state of Ogoniland, three years after UNEP report

Monday August 4th, 2014 marks the 3rd year anniversary of the damning report of the assessment of Ogoni environment conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the request of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The comprehensive report unambiguously confirmed fears and anxiety that Ogoniland is a ticking ecological bomb. In a reaction, Nnimmo Bassey, the director of Health of ...

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Ogun unveils processes to ease land access

In the bid to ensure effective land administration process, easy access to land and to meet acceptable global standards, the Ogun State Government has acquired the Continuously Operation Reference System (CORS) station network through the Bureau of Lands and Survey. The station will also monitor land transactions in the state and address the activities of land speculators popularly called omo ...

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BirdLife to Nigeria: Stop persecuting vultures


BirdLife International, the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership with over 120 partners worldwide, is worried about the precarious state of vulture population in Nigeria. In a recent correspondence to concerned Nigerian authorities, the UK-based bird preservation group raises concern on the gravity of the situation and its significance to public health   Mrs Lawrentia L Mallam, Honourable Minister of Environment, ...

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Urban planning practice in Nigeria: Advocacy for change

Plans are nothing; planning is everything. -Dwight Eisenhower, US President (1952-1960) This expose is to call attention of the government and the governed in Nigeria to our “variant” urban planning practice which, in the main, has caused so much ruination to our urbanism as a way of life. Therefore, there is need for constant advocacy on the ways our cities ...

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FUTA hosts weather sensor design forum


The Federal University of Technology (FUT) in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria will, beginning on Monday, August 4 2014, host the Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory (TAHMO) sensor design competition, under plans by the TAHMO to develop a network of 20,000 weather stations across Africa by 2018. The organisers are seeking to catalog and make accessible all current and historic climate data so ...

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