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Nigerian, British firms agree 27 partnerships in Shell sponsored-collaboration


A total of 27 partnerships have been agreed by Nigerian and British companies under the auspices of the annual Nigeria-UK engagement programme sponsored by the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo). The partnerships cover a wide range of oil and gas activities including engineering, maintenance, fabrication and support services and were the outcome of several business summits held ...

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Youths to Buhari in Addis: Please, finance our future


In the rusty precincts of Baga sat Alkali Usman, tenderly on a slab of what appears to be a relic of his father’s house devastated by war. He has just escaped from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in a nearby town to reminisce on his life, his future and that of his beloved community. As a teenager, Alkali has ...

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Governor claims Cross River offers solution to climate crisis


Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has said that, courtesy of its rich forestry resources, the state provides a key sink for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ayade, while addressing governors from Brazil, Indonesia and Peru recently in Barcelona in Spain during the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF), also called on the ...

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Energy efficiency: Stakeholders endorse appliances’ labels, standards


A campaign aimed at promoting energy efficiency in residential and public sector buildings in the country shifted gears last week in Lagos, where stakeholders gathered to decide on two key elements of the programme. Under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) sponsored Energy Efficiency Programme, participants at a meeting on Wednesday July 8, 2015 reviewed ...

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Fresh concern over maternal, child health during emergencies


With increasing number of displaced persons and emergency situations caused by insecurity and other natural disasters in the country, the NOTAGAIN Campaign is particularly worried about the plight of women and children during such emergencies. Operated by the Development Communications Network (DevComs), the NOTAGAIN Campaign aims at ending needless maternal deaths. During the last five years, many Nigerians have been ...

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2 degree: Zero emissions by century-end underlined


Scientists who met last week in Paris at a major international gathering have said that humanity must achieve a state of zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this century in order to hold the global average temperature rise to a maximum 2° Celsius. In a joint statement at the end of the “Our Common Future Under Climate Change” ...

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Mali to install West Africa’s largest solar grid-connected power plant

Power plant construction Rwanda

An historic agreement to Build, Own and Operate (BOO) West Africa’s first utility-scale solar power plant has been signed by Norwegian company Scatec Solar and the Malian Ministry of Energy and Water and Electricité du Mali (EDM), the electricity utility of Mali. To be located near the ancient city of Segou in South-East Mali, 240 kms from Bamako, the 33 MW solar project ...

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Summit to escalate campaign against Lagos water privatisation

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As parts of efforts to build a mass movement for strong, democratically-controlled water systems across Africa and the world, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) will on 11 and 12 August 2015 host a Lagos Water Summit themed “Our Water, Our Right.” The summit, co-hosted by Corporate Accountability International, Public Services International (PSI), Amalgamated Union of Public ...

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Green Climate Fund to channel cash via 20 partners


The Green Climate Fund has agreed on 13 new finance partners but drew fire from campaign groups for including Deutsche Bank, a major coal investor. During the GCF board’s four-day meeting that held recently in Songdo, South Korea, it chose 20 accredited entities, tasked with submitting proposals for funding as well as channelling and leveraging tens of billions of dollars to poorer nations to help ...

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Renewable energy: Africa’s billions might be buried forever

Ardo Abdou Karimu admires light from solar power at his home in Kingomen village- photo-Arison TAMFU

Energy, clean energy has just reached Bamdzeng and Kingomen villages in the North West of Cameroon and the lives of the villagers might never be the same again but the dawn of renewable energy could just be a curse for Africa that is endowed with deposits of fossil fuels. It is 10:31 pm in Bamdzeng village in the North West ...

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