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African leaders plan to eliminate open defecation by 2030


Rising from the three-day 4th African Sanitation and Hygiene Conference tagged “AfricaSan4″, African leaders  have  issued the “Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene”, which aims to achieve  universal access to adequate and sustainable sanitation,  safe hygiene services and eliminate open defecation by 2030. They also reaffirmed their commitment to the human right to water and sanitation for all for all Africans, and ...

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Making Nigeria climate resilient (8): Mitigation, adaptation best practices


The main challenge, in general, is to keep climate change from becoming a catastrophe. To this end, two sets of measures have often been advocated for confronting climate change. These are mitigation measures (such as reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases and black soot) to prevent the degree of climate change from becoming unmanageable; and adaptation measures (such as building ...

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Youth groups confront Muhammadu Buhari on climate change


As Muhammadu Buhari takes over as President, Nigerians may have been given a new opportunity for change and transformational leadership in the fight against climate change. “Climate change remains one of the biggest challenge facing the world today, from storms in America to heat waves in India and recalling the 2012 floods in Nigeria that eroded the small gains in ...

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Africa’s pledge to end open defecation by 2030 lauded


WaterAid has welcomed the pledges of African leaders to eliminate inequalities and end open defecation in their countries by 2030, and to work towards giving every person access to safe sanitation and good hygiene. Recognising that poor sanitation in Africa undermines the continent’s social and economic development and has serious health impacts on the population, including diarrhoea, African ministers responsible for ...

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Amid deadly India heat waves, group charges Bonn climate talks


Governments meeting in Bonn, Germany, for the next two weeks to search for a  sustainable solution to the global problem of climate change, will do so against the backdrop of the latest devastating climate phenomenon with India experiencing unprecedented heat waves that have killed more than 1,000 people already. Global humanitarian and advocacy network ACT Alliance said that India’s heat ...

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Government tasked on illicit tobacco trade

Akinbode Oluwafemi

For tobacco control measures to be effective , the Federal Government must take pro-active measures to tackle the inflow of illicit tobacco products into the country, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has said. In a statement released to mark this year’s World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), the group stated that the Tobacco Control  Law recently signed ...

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Menstrual hygiene and safe water access challenges


Menstrual Hygiene Day, 28 May, is a day to celebrate women, a day to talk about periods, and a day to think about the billions of women in the world without a toilet and the millions without access to safe water, as well as the impact this has on menstrual hygiene. The widespread lack of access to toilets and water in ...

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Activists laud Jonathan for endorsing tobacco bill

Goodluck Jonathan

The National Tobacco Control Bill Coalition has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for Signing the National Tobacco Control Bill, calling it an extraordinary public health legacy. In a statement issued Wednesday, May 27 2015, the coalition comprising the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Environmental Rights Action /Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and Nigeria Tobacco Control Coalition (NTCA) also commended ...

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ActionAid demands action on protection of child’s rights


ActionAid Nigeria, an anti-poverty agency, has called on the Nigerian government to prioritise protection of every Nigerian child and more concerted efforts at rescuing the Chibok girls. The group, which made this call on the occasion of 2015 Children’s Day  called on the Federal, State and Local Governments in the country to make more commitments towards the protection and guaranteeing ...

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How graft stalled distribution of N9.3b clean cookstoves

Clean cook stoves

The controversy trailing the N9.3 billion contract awarded by the Federal Executive Council for the purchase of clean cookstoves and wonder bags is far from being over as efforts to procure and distribute the stoves are allegedly being frustrated by officials of the Ministry of Environment. The contract was awarded to Messrs Integra Renewable Energy Services Limited late last year ...

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