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Enugu Assembly impeaches deputy governor

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The Enugu State House of Assembly has removed the state’s Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, from office. The Assembly voted Tuesday morning to sack Mr. Onyebuchi from office. Details of the impeachment session is still sketchy but the deputy governor’s removal is believed to have been masterminded by Governor Sullivan Chime. The Assembly accused Mr. Onyebuchi of operating a commercial poultry ...

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Ebola kills Liberia doctor despite ZMapp treatment

Ebola kills Liberia doctor despite ZMapp treatment Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir died of Ebola in Lagos 300x160

A Liberian doctor has died despite taking experimental anti-Ebola drug ZMapp, a minister has said.   ZMapp has been credited with helping several patients recover, including two US doctors discharged last week.   Abraham Borbor was one of three doctors in Liberia who had been given the drug and were showing signs of recovery.   More than 1,400 people have ...

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OPIC at 30: Emergence of a colossus

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The vision to establish a state-owned investment company in Ogun State originated under the military administration of Brigadier Oladipo Diya as state governor between (1984 and 1985). The late Chief Olawale Otesile, the then Permanent Secretary in the Civil Service, was seconded to the Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation (OPIC), at inception to midwife its take-off. Chief Otesile and his ...

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IPCC’s AR5 and Africa: Adaptation will bring benefits

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The fourth in the series sheds light on the IPCC findings that, in the light of the fact that climate change has the tendency to amplify existing stress on agricultural systems particularly in semi-arid environments, adaptation will bring immediate benefits and reduce the impacts of the phenomenon.   In a world that is 4°C warmer, the current cropping areas of ...

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IPCC’s AR5 and implications for Africa

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced what appears to be the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), is the work of 830 expert authors from 85 countries and its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) have ...

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Nigeria may integrate climate change in post-2015 agenda

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Stakeholders in the nation’s environment and development sector, who rose from a short session on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 in Abuja, have called on the authorities to make climate change an integral part of Nigeria’s Post-2015 Development Agenda. At a parallel session on “Addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainable development” during the recently-held Presidential Summit on Millennium Development ...

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Ebola: Don’t panic, Academy of Science urges Nigerians

Prof-Oyewale-Tomori-b  Ebola: Don’t panic, Academy of Science urges Nigerians Prof Oyewale Tomori b 300x160

Nigeria’s foremost independent scientific body, the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), while pledging its support to government in bringing the Ebola virus scourge to an end, believes that it will take the collective effort of all to achieve such. Head of the organisation, Prof Oyewale Tomori, enjoins the public not to panic but rather cooperate with health officials   The ...

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Prosperous tobacco farmer stories a myth, ERA/FoEN tells African govts

Prosperous tobacco farmer stories a myth, ERA/FoEN tells African govts Tobacco farmers 300x160

As the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) approaches, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has alerted African governments on the need to be wary of tobacco industry exaggeration of farmers’ gains. The undue attention of the tobacco transnational on so-called prosperous ...

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Efik: Exigencies of climate actions

Efik: Exigencies of climate actions Efik 300x160

The recently released Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has expressly maintained that human influence is extremely likely the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century, and that the warming of the climate system is unequivocal while the reality of the observation is 95% certainty. This is against the previous AR4 that ...

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Police shoots at Liberia Ebola protest

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(BBC News) – Police in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, have fired live rounds and tear gas during protests after a quarantine was imposed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.   Residents of the capital’s West Point slum area say the barbed wire blockade stops them buying food and working.   Four people are said to have been injured ...

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