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Released environmental activist set for interrogation

Odigha Odigha

Environmental activist and erstwhile Chairman of the Cross River State Forestry Commission (CRSFC), Dr. Odigha Odigha, who was last Thursday morning arrested in his home in Calabar and released the following day, will report to the Police Headquarters in Diamond Hill on Monday (25 July, 2016) for further questioning. Odigha’s lawyer, who prefers to remain anonymous, made the disclosure at ...

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AWF commits €1.6 billion to continental water, sanitation projects

Suleiman Adamu

The African Water Facility (AWF) has committed 1.6 billion euros to implement water and sanitation projects in the region. AWF Chairman, Suleiman Adamu, said this at the opening of the Sixth General Assembly of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday. Adamu said no fewer than 3.2 million people are expected to benefit ...

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Nations adopt fresh biodiversity pact commitments


One hundred and one Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have now submitted new national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), setting out their national contributions to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, a set of 20 global targets to be achieved by 2020. The Aichi Biodiversity Targets are part of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, ...

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Poor need better weather alerts for climate risk, says Kofi Annan


Growing up in Ghana, I learned how harsh the harmattan can be. The dry, dusty wind from the Sahara sweeps across West Africa from November to March. It brings dust storms that damage airways, eyes and skin, and sudden cold spells that can jeopardise vulnerable people. Now climate change threatens to magnify its threat, as the harmattan becomes more severe ...

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Need for transparency in Africa water resource management underlined


Corruption has been identified as one of the biggest problems that has affected the water sector not to function as expected on the African continent. The vice, which according to Transparency International (TI) is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, is unfortunately very widespread taking many forms – the small scale corruption in bribing to get connection for ...

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Water security, sanitation must be for all by 2030 – CSOs insist


Civil society organisations under the banner of Africa civil society Network on Water and sanitation (ANEW) have called for an ambitious roadmap to achieving sustainable development goals on water and sanitation as necessary for national development plans of African countries. Presenting a statement to African Governments through the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), ANEW’s Doreen Wandera highlighted the urgent ...

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Nations urged to double efforts to save Lake Chad, curb migration

Lake Chad

Countries in the Lake Chad region have been enjoined to double efforts to save the dwindling water body that is aggravating environmental degradation and migration in the region and consequently impacting on the social and economic wellbeing of the population. Representatives of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), comprising Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, who are attending the 6th ...

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NITP: Time to change rebranding tactics


The above acronym stands for Nigerian Institute of Town Planners. It is a professional association that was established in Nigeria in 1966 as an umbrella organisation for those who have attained the requisite academic qualification and certification in the study of Urban Planning (or Town Planning). Urban Planning is a specialised field of study about how a town or city ...

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Forest crusader, Odigha Odigha, arrested, detained


Nigerian environmentalist and activist, Odigha Odigha, was on Thursday morning arrested in his home in Calabar, Cross River State. He will be spending the night in detention as, according to sources, all attempts to get him out on bail proved abortive. Mr Odigha was reportedly arrested on the orders of the executive governor of the state, Prof Ben Ayade. He ...

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Africa must prioritise access to safe water to eradicate child mortality – CSOs


The African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) has identified water insecurity induced-diarrhea as one of the largest killers of children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. The group’s Chairperson, Mrs Doreen Wandera, said this on Tuesday at the ongoing Africa Water Week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Wandera, quoting a 2016 WaterAid Water, Sanitation and ...

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