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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Boko Haram crisis: ‘Bodies litter’ Nigeria’s Bama town

Bodies remain littered on the streets of a northern Nigerian town two days after it was seized by militant Islamists, a lawmaker has told the BBC. Boko Haram fighters were patrolling the streets of Bama, preventing people from burying the dead, Ahmed Zanna said. The militants captured the town on Tuesday after a fierce battle with government forces. Bama is ...

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COP20 climate negotiation: Peru set to receive 12,000 visitors

The Peruvian Minister of the Environment and President of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal together with the Prime Minister, Ana Jara, and Chancellor Gonzalo Gutiérrez, have announced the achievements made and the next steps being taken in the organisation of the Twentieth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP20), which will take place in Lima ...

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Concern as FG, Lagos argue over Ilubirin estate land reclamation

It took a public verbal spat between Governor Babatunde Fashola and the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, over the Ilubirin Housing Estate that is under construction for the project site to attract a second look from motorists plying the Third Mainland Bridge. Before the tirade, which began in April, the area had generated a passing interest despite ...

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Durban utility receives 2014 Stockholm Industry Water Award

“I stand here today as part of a team of dedicated professionals who have worked with me over the past 22 years. It is a tremendous honour for all of us in Durban,” Neil Macleod of eThekwini Water and Sanitation said on Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden while receiving the 2014 Stockholm Industry Water Award from SIWI chairman, Peter Forssman. In ...

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Dickson to grace Environment Outreach Magazine forum

The 5th Annual Public Lecture/Environmental Awards ceremony of The Environment Outreach Magazine with the theme: “Climate Change and its effect on the coastal communities in Nigeria” will hold at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Thursday, the 4th of September 2014. The event, which will be chaired by Professor Oladapo Afolabi, former Head of Service of the Federation, will have the Surveyor-General of the Federation, Professor (Surveyor) Peter ...

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ISIS Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff, Monitoring Group Says

The Islamic militant group ISIS has beheaded Steven Joel Sotloff, an American freelance journalist who was abducted a year ago Syria, a jihadist monitoring organization said Tuesday. The monitoring organization, SITE Intel Group, made the announcement on Twitter. It said that ISIS had also threatened to execute a British captive, David Cawthorne Haines. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, pleaded directly with the leader ...

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Ebola outbreak risk to food security in West Africa – FAO

Food and Agriculture Oganisation (FAO) warned on Tuesday that Ebola outbreak in West Africa was threatening food security and placing harvests at risk.   Bukar Tijani, FAO Africa Representative said in Rome that the outbreak had greatly reduced the output of agricultural sectors in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic.   He noted ...

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NERC assures Nigerians of affordable electricity supply

The Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi, has reiterated the commission’s commitment to ensure safe, stable and affordable electricity supply in the country.   Amadi made this known at a public hearing on the Draft Nigerian Electricity Supply and Installation Standards (NESIS) regulations in Abuja on Tuesday.   He said the NESIS regulation was developed by NERC ...

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30 inmates graduate in vocational studies at Agodi prison

 No fewer than 30 inmates of Agodi prison in Ibadan have benefitted from the vocational training programmes organised by the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Prison Service.   The spokesman of the command, Mr Olanrewaju Anjorin, said this on Tuesday in Ibadan while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).   He said the inmates, who were trained ...

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Okonjo-Iweala, NASS team engage diaspora on economic development

In response to the long-standing desire of the Nigerian diaspora to support economic development in the country, a high level Executive-Legislative team is currently holding a series of interactive sessions with Nigerians in Europe and the United States. The sessions are organized by the Debt Management Office, led by its Director-General, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo.   The delegation is headed by ...

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