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Activists ask government to compel Shell to pay for Delta ecological damage

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and related groups under the aegis of the Friends of the Earth International (FoI) have demanded justice for the Ogoni people in the Niger Delta region, asking the Nigerian government to compel Shell to pay the full cost of cleaning up Ogoniland, as recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ...

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Report says migratory waterbird populations in global decline

Migratory birds

Latest status review however shows that concentrated conservation actions can turn the tide Waterbird populations across the African-Eurasian flyway are on a downward trend, with declining populations outstripping growing ones by almost 50 per cent, shows the latest conservation status report compiled for the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) – an inter-governmental treaty administered by the ...

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Photos: Shell awards university scholarship

Social Performance and Social Investment Manager

At a recent ceremony in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Shell decorated the top 15 beneficiaries of the 2013/2014 SPDC JV University Scholarship award.                  

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‘Stunning’ vaccine rids Africa of meningitis A

Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele

New research forecasts a resurgence of meningitis A epidemics in 15 years should immunisation efforts stall Five years after the introduction of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine, immunisation has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African “meningitis belt.” In 2013, only four laboratory-confirmed cases of meningitis A were reported by the ...

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Shell’s Andoni GMoU Cluster empowers 80 Niger Delta women


Eighty women have graduated from a skills acquisition programme of the Andoni Cluster Development Board (CDB) under the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) JV’s Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) for the development of communities in the Niger Delta. The 80 youths earned National Board of Technical Education approved certificates at the end of a three-month intensive training programme ...

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World Bank climate report elicits shockwaves


Applause has greeted the World Bank report, “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty”, released on Sunday, November 8 2015. The report shows that climate change is an acute threat to poorer people across the world, with the power to push more than 100 million people back into poverty over the next 15 years.  And the poorest ...

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Nothing will stall completion of any Osun project – Aregbesola


All ongoing projects, including the mega-schools in Osun are to be completed as scheduled. This was the assurance given by the G‎overnor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, after his assessment tour of the projects at the weekend. A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the governor as stating this during ...

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Kaduna, Delta, Cross River to pilot UNDP-GEF fuelwood scheme


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has initiated the development of a full-sized Global Environment Facility (GEF)-supported project titled “Sustainable Fuelwood Management in Nigeria”, whose overall objective is to secure multiple environmental and socio-economic benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from wood fuel consumption, enhanced carbon storage and sequestration, as well as improved rural livelihoods and opportunities for local ...

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Economic prosperity of biosafety regulations in Nigeria

Rufus Ebegba

After over 11 years of intellectual gymnastic between experts, policymakers, investors as well as consumers, the Federal Government under the reign of former President Goodluck Jonathan in April, 2015 signed into law the National Biosafety Management Act (NBMA). The objective of the Act is to give legal backing to the practice, proper deployment and development of modern biotechnology activities in ...

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HOMEF: Legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa, 20 years after

On the 10th of November 1995, 20 years ago, Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni patriots were hanged by the military regime of General Sani Abacha following a trial that received world-wide condemnation. Ken Saro-Wiwa’s activities prior to his death and the execution have become pivotal points in the environmental justice movement, says the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF). Ken ...

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