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Ogoniland clean-up: Buhari commended, advised on implementation terms


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has hailed the Federal Government for approving a $10 million take-off grant for the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland and reconstituting the Governing Council of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), saying both moves indicated the current administration is on the right path in tackling ...

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N9.2bn cookstoves: Lawsuit is a distraction


Hamzat Lawal’s Follow The Money, in a recent reaction to the saga, says the lawsuit involving government and the contractor is an unnecessary distraction    In November 2014, the Federal Government of Nigeria approved a N9.2 billion initiative aimed at providing healthier, cleaner cooking alternatives to rural women in Nigeria and curbing the spread of desertification caused by excessive firewood ...

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Nigeria to implement global agenda on reducing disasters

Pa Lamin Beyai

Nigeria has set in motion processes to implement the newly adopted global framework to curb the risk of natural disasters. Tagged: “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR),” the agenda was endorsed last March in Sendai in Japan, replacing the 10-year Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) that came to an end this year. The SFDRR will however span 15 years ...

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UNICEF, media dialogue on child malnutrition


A two-day media dialogue on child malnutrition with the theme: “Spend more money on nutrition” – #StopChildMalnutritionNigeria, ended on Friday in Kano. The dialogue, organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was facilitated by communication specialist, Geoffrey Njoku. It was attended by representatives of the traditional and online media. It is coming ahead of new figures on child malnutrition ...

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Political undertones trail planned clean-up of Ogoniland


Political undertones have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent move to fast-track the clean-up of Ogoniland in accordance with the report and recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). While officials of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) seem to be ‘milking’ the situation by heaping praises on Mr President while tacitly condemning the outgone President Goodluck Jonathan, the Peoples’ ...

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Cautious optimism greets government’s plan to implement UNEP report

Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo of ERA/FoEN

A barrage of applause has greeted President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to clean-up the extensively polluted Ogoniland in the Niger Delta region by implementing the much-vaunted report on the community prepared by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). But the voices of commendation are being cautious, saying that certain things don’t seem right and that they should be urgently addressed before ...

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Town planners inaugurate 10-man examination board


National President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Dr Femi Olomola, has inaugurated the institute’s Examination Board, which comprises 10 members who are mostly academics. The Board was inaugurated on the Friday, July 31st 2015 in the NITP Board Room of Bawa Bwari House, Abuja with all Management Board members of the Institute in attendance. In his inauguration speech, the ...

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How to avoid being infected by deadly virus, MERS


Dr. Ashraf Allam, Regional Vice President, Mundipharma Middle East and Africa region provides tips to protect yourself against MERS infections Are you avoiding people in your surroundings with that hacking cough, cold, or flu? Do you draw your hand back from every doorknob? From a few sniffles to a chesty cough, headache and runny nose, any changes to air-conditioned environments, ...

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Muhammadu Buhari orders clean-up of Ogoniland


President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the commencement of the environmental clean-up of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta region, even as he inaugurated the Governing Council of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) as well as the Board of Trustees for the Trust Fund. This was one of the actions which the President approved on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, ...

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Photos: ERA/FoEN seeks implementation of Ogoniland UNEP report


At a day-long stakeholders’ workshop held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 in Abuja, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (FoEN) formally demanded that the Federal Government should urgently commence the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland in the Niger Delta, which has suffered decades of land, air and sea degradation as a result of pollution ...

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