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AfDB says over 57% of West Africans lack access to electricity

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said that more than 57 per cent of the people in West Africa were without access to electricity.   The bank stated this in its “West Africa Monitor Quarterly”, for the second quarter of 2014 report, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.   It said ...

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NFA says no suspension of Premier League matches

NFA says no suspension of Premier League matches Ademola Olajire 298x160

The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has insisted that matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) would go on as scheduled this weekend.   In a statement by its Assistant Director (Communications), Ademola Olajire, it urged all stakeholders to disregard a statement from the League Management Company (LMC) that the matches had been suspended.   “It has come to our ...

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Islamic State executes dozens of soldiers

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Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) appear to have executed “dozens” of Syrian army soldiers, activists say.   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the soldiers were captured while attempting to flee to Hama province after IS stormed the Tabqa airbase.   Twitter accounts belonging to jihadists had boasted about 200 deaths, it added.   On Wednesday, photos and ...

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Nigeria confirms Ebola death in Port Harcourt

Nigeria confirms Ebola death in Port Harcourt Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir died of Ebola in Lagos 300x160

A doctor who treated one of those who had direct contact with Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, has died from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The doctor, resident in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was said to have treated the patient who escaped from where he was quarantined after suspicion he must have come down with the EVD again. Minister of Health, Prof. ...

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NAFDAC confiscates contraband products in Kano

NAFDAC confiscates contraband products in Kano Shaba Mohammed 300x160

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed off seven shops and confiscated contraband food products worth millions of Naira in Kano.   The NAFDAC Assistant Director (Enforcement), Mr Shaba Mohammed, disclosed this in Kano on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).   NAN reports that six of the affected ...

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UN chief seeks support for Paris 2015 climate agreement

UN chief seeks support for Paris 2015 climate agreement Figueres 300x160

At the Health and Climate Conference organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, calls on Health Ministers to support the climate change agreement that will come into effect next year in Paris, France. She describes the pact as ‘so strong that it improves the quality of ...

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Mallam directs forestry involvement in Great Green Wall project

Mallam directs forestry involvement in Great Green Wall project Mallam 244x160

Ahead of the expected presidential flag-off of the Great Green Wall project in 11 frontline states in northern Nigeria, Environment Minister, Laurentia Laraba Mallam, has directed the active and full involvement of the Department of Forestry in the Federal Ministry of Environment in the implementation of the Great Green Wall project without delay. She has asked the three Directors of ...

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‘Water sector reforms ceding peoples’ rights to transnationals’

Akinbode Oluwafemi  ‘Water sector reforms ceding peoples’ rights to transnationals’ Akinbode Oluwafemi e1433093167280 300x160

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged the Federal and Lagos State governments to step on the brakes on adoption and implementation of World Bank-funded water schemes that seem tailored to meeting Nigerians’ water needs but are actually white elephant projects. ERA/FoEN position is coming on the heels of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval of ...

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IPCC sends draft Synthesis Report to governments for comment

IPCC sends draft Synthesis Report to governments for comment Pachauri1 233x160

Authors of the Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change (IPCC) have finished drafting the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and sent the draft to governments for comments on the text. The Synthesis Report is the final product of the Fifth Assessment cycle. It will integrate key messages from the three recent working group reports: the physical science basis ...

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WWF guide for banks provides plan for sustainable finance

WWF guide for banks provides plan for sustainable finance Jeanne Stampe 300x160

A new guide released recently by WWF explains how banks can go beyond reputation and risk management to embrace transformative change. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Integration for Banks: A Guide to Starting Implementation shows how financial institutions acting as lenders, financial advisors and capital raising agents can adopt sustainable practices. This is the first guide that maps out ‘how to’ ...

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