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Agency to partner security agencies in enforcing biosafety law

Dr Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has approached various security agencies including the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as part of operational arrangements to enforce its mandate. It will be recalled that the NBMA shortly after its establishment gave a deadline of six months which expired last December to all ...

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Ending gas flaring, building mini refineries

gas flaring

There are two oily stories that should catch our attention. One is about designing and fabrication of a refinery at a Nigerian university and the second one is about new dates for ending gas flaring in Nigeria. First is the news that the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has built a mini refinery that can “produce relatively ...

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Leonardo Dicaprio’s environmental crusade


‘The Revenant’ star opens up about his dedication to saving the world from environmental catastrophe in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Leonardo DiCaprio also talks about his childhood, and his Oscar-buzzed work on ‘The Revenant’ Actor, activist, celebrity, concerned environmentalist and a man willing to brave subzero temperatures and “bear attacks” for his art — Leonardo DiCaprio is all ...

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Ban Ki-moon formally invites world leaders to sign Paris Agreement


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, which coincides with the observance ...

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Tribute: A crushing blow on Boxing Day, by Femi Adesina


It’s a day in British tradition dedicated to opening boxes of gifts received at Christmas, and that is why it’s called Boxing Day. But what the Adesina family got this last December 26 was a crushing blow, the type Mike Tyson, in his heyday, handed out to his opponents in the ring. It was a blow to the solar plexus: ...

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Post-COP21: How Paris Agreement can take effect

Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement was adopted in December, but further steps are needed in 2016 to bring it into effect. The first date to look for is April 22, 2016, when heads of state have been invited to a signing ceremony at the UN. The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Eliza Northrop and Katherine Ross detail the timeline and process The world rightly celebrated when 195 countries signed onto ...

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Climate solutions explored at World Future Energy Summit, ADSW 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari

Attracting more than 33,000 delegates, including over 80 government ministers and visitors from 170 countries, ADSW (Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week) is the Middle East’s largest gathering focused on addressing the interconnected challenges of energy and water security, climate change and sustainable development. Commenting on the opening ceremony, President Muhammmed Buhari called for greater global cooperation against the devastating effect of ...

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Mohammed urges WASCAL to key into INDC, change agenda

Mrs Amina J. Mohammed

The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) has been urged to key into Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) as it begins the process of preparing a Research Agenda on Climate Change for the sub-region for the period spanning 2016 to 2020. Environment Minister, Mrs Amina J. Mohammed, who made the disclosure on ...

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GOCOP decries move by rival group to ‘distort facts’

Musikilu Mojeed

The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) on Sunday described as unfortunate and ridiculous a statement credited to members of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) with respect to the meeting held on Friday between the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and online publishers in Lagos. Besides, GOCOP decried a deliberate attempt by OPAN to distort ...

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N11 billion Osun MKO Abiola Airport reaches 25% completion


Against the background of controversy surrounding the MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido-Osun in Osun State, the consultant engineer to project, Wemimo Adebajo, has revealed that the airport when completed will rank among airports with the longest runways in Nigeria. Adebajo, an engineer, stated recently during an inspection tour of facilities at the airport with journalists that the present site of ...

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