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Preparation of Biennial Update Report starts, National Policy document launched


Following the granting of an approval and financial support by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Nigeria has commenced the preparation of her Biennial Update Report (BUR), which is regarded as one of the centerpieces of the global mitigation architecture for the upcoming 2015 new climate agreement in Paris. BURs are national documents to be prepared and submitted every two years ...

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Group flays poor environmental practices in Niger Delta community

PIGD advocacy visit photo

Prime Initiative for Green Development (PIGD), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has drawn the attention of government and that of development partners to the urgent need to help address the deteriorating condition in Azubie Okujagu, a small coastline community in Rivers State, Niger Delta region, which is currently undergoing various challenges that are attributed to poor industrial and environmental practices. Established ...

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Flood: Lagos urges residents to relocate to safe areas


Oluwatoyin Awosika, the Director of Public Enlightenment, Lagos State Ministry of Information, on Friday urged residents living on flood-prone areas to relocate to safe locations. Awosika told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the ministry had commenced sensitisation of the affected residents to change their attitudes in order to avert flood disasters. He said the state spent huge resources to ...

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Why we can’t give mortgage loans to NHF contributors – FMBN


The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria said on Friday that the monthly contributions to the National Housing Fund (NHF) by civil servants were inadequate to guarantee full and prompt access to the fund by contributors. The FMBN’s Managing Director, Gimba Ya’u Kumo, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. Kumo urged the Federal Government to intervene ...

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‘Cholesterol in egg prevents heart disease, breast cancer’


Stakeholders in poultry farming on Friday gathered to mark the World Egg Day to promote consumption of one-egg-per-day, saying cholesterol in egg prevents heart disease, breast cancer. The stakeholders included farmers, students, markets and egg merchants. They expressed the belief that an egg has many nutritional benefits like protein, vitamins, and cholesterol, which can reduce the risks of heart diseases. The News ...

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One out of every six people in Africa suffers mental disorder – WHO

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa,on Friday said one out of every six people in the African continent suffers mental disorder. This was contained in a press statement issued in Abuja by Charity Ahrey, the Communications Officer of WHO, to commemorate the World Mental Health Day. The statement said the theme of this year’s commemoration: ...

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19m children blind globally – Opthamologist


An ophthalmologist, Dr. Jaiyeola Adido, has said about 19 million children are blind globally. Adido, who disclosed to newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Saturday, noted that children and the aged were usually vulnerable to eye diseases in Nigeria. He identified cataract, glaucoma and diabetes as major causes of blindness world over. He emphasised the need for people to ...

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ERA/FoEN, groups accuse Wilmar of land grab in Cross River

Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo of ERA/FoEN

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), civil society groups and communities impacted by oil palm companies in Cross River State have described as worrisome, the influx of oil palm companies in the state and their expansion activities which they have described as “land grab in its most brazen form.” At an advocacy meeting in Calabar (the Capital ...

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Nigeria chairs committee as Adaptation Fund Board approves more projects


As adaptation demand grows, the AFB moves ahead with green light from evaluation report The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has considered a record number of project and programme applications, approving three full project proposals and five preliminary projects, for a total of over $12.4 million. The Board is also expanding its scope of operations, making decisions on regional projects for ...

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Planners to explore cities’ functionality at Ilorin forum

Tpl Luka Achi

Bothered by the fact that Nigerian cities may have failed to provide for and promote an environment sustainable for living, work and recreation, settlement development practitioners have taken up a campaign to address the unsavoury situation. Under the aegis of their umbrella association – the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), the city planners are using the occasion of their ...

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