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Anti-corruption agencies retreat to re-strategise, renew commitments

Yury Fedotov

In a renewed effort to tackle corruption head-long in Nigeria, anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria will this week embark on a three-day retreat in Lagos under the European Union-funded support to anti-corruption in Nigeria project being implemented by the Union Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The retreat is to enable them to take stock of their activities and agree ...

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Scientists who developed malaria, elephantiasis drugs win Nobel prize for medicine


Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases, including malaria and elephantiasis, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday. Irish-born William Campbell and Japan’s Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for discovering avermectin, a derivative of which has been used to treat hundreds of millions of people ...

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NESREA seals NIGALEX for violating environmental laws


The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) on Monday sealed the Lagos-based Nigerian Aluminium Extrusions Limited (NIGALEX) for violation of environmental laws. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NIGALEX, established in 1973 at Oshodi, Lagos, has a workforce that has since been contributing immensely to Nigeria’s economic and industrial growth. The company has relevant modern cutting-edge technology and ...

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Media and the case for biotechnology development in Nigeria


Public support is crucial if any technology is to be accepted and adopted by those who stand to benefit from it, including modern biotechnology which is relatively new in Nigeria.  Etta Michael Bisong, an environmental journalist based in Abuja, writes on the role of the media in strengthening modern biotechnology practices to provide alternative sources of livelihoods in Nigeria. Many Nigerians ...

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Concern over IUCN red-listed cactus plant


Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group by IUCN and partners, published on Monday, October 5, 2015 in the journal Nature Plants. This places cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – more threatened than mammals and birds. According ...

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Shell commences production from Bonga Phase 3 project

Igo Weli Shell

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo) has announced the start-up of production from the Bonga Phase 3 project. Andrew Brown, Shell’s Upstream International Director, said: “This new start up is another important milestone for Bonga, adding valuable new production to this major facility.” Bonga Phase 3 is an expansion of the Bonga Main development, with peak production expected ...

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Expert fears new climate draft agreement will delay decision in Paris


Work towards a new universal climate change agreement was  apparently strengthened on Monday, October 5, 2015 through the issuance of the first comprehensive draft of the agreement. But experts are expressing fears that a draft agreement is not what is needed right now but a negotiating text. The Co-Chairs of the Ad hoc working group on the Durban platform (ADP), the ...

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Floods wash snakes into farms, homes in states


The massive flooding in Plateau State has washed snakes from far distances into farms and residences in Pankshin/Kanke/Kannam Federal Constituency, according to Rep. Timothy Golu. Golu, who represents the area in the House of Representatives, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Sunday that “all manner of snakes” had taken over his constituency. He said: “The floods have pushed snakes ...

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SAIREC: Greenpeace upbeat on Africa’s renewable energy prospects

Melita Steele, Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager for Greenpeace Africa

The opening of the four-day South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) offers African states an opportunity to increase their renewable energy targets and make commitments towards building decentralised energy systems, which could take millions on the continent out of poverty, according to Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo. “Countries in Africa have ever-growing energy needs, and in terms of ...

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Why President Buhari should prioritise maternal, child health


The Development Communications (DevComs) Network / NOTAGAIN Campaign team insists that high maternal and child mortality rate, ineffective implementation of health policies, security threats constituted by maternal deaths, and citizens’ fundamental rights to health are major reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari must invest in maternal health in Nigeria Maternal death is one of the daunting consequences of inadequate health care ...

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