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Ogoni clean-up Council, BoT members unveiled


President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former commissioner in Lagos State, Wale Edun, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ogoni clean-up project. The 12-member BoT was inaugurated last Thursday by Mr. President, alongside a 13-member Governing Council for the clean-up. Mr. Edun was Commissioner for Finance in Lagos when the leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola ...

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Africa’s Great Green Wall stars at Olympic opening ceremony


The history of the Olympic Games is one of chasing impossible dreams and stretching the limits of human ambition. Thus, it was fitting that, beneath the glitz and glamour, the Samba and Rio’s Carnival-like atmosphere, this year’s Opening Ceremony that held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, 5 August 2016 showcased what has been described as the most impossible ...

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Impending flood: Riverside communities asked to evacuate

Muhammad Sani Sidi

Intense rainfall and rising water levels that may likely result to dangerous floods have instigated the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to advise communities along the River Niger to be evacuated to safer places. Director General (DG) of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, in a statement issued by Sani Datti of the Media and Publicity Unit of the Agency on Saturday, ...

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‎Sustaining tomato production in Nigeria amid climatic threat


The Mile 12 Market is reputed to be the largest perishable food market in West Africa. The market is characterised by a beehive of activities at the various food section. However, in May, the usual hustling and bustling that typifies the perishable food market was missing. Most of the traders were seen hanging around with few produce displayed for sale. ...

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CIFOR, SNV announce strategic partnership

Peter Holmgren

The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) on Friday announced a new partnership to collaborate on knowledge, sharing, technical expertise and engagement on some key areas such as sustainable supply of agricultural commodities, business models and services provision to smallholders, innovations in financing mechanisms to provide affordable credit to smallholders, investment models that help ...

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Government inaugurates Governing Council, BoT for Ogoniland clean-up

Ogoniland clean up

To ensure full implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja, the Nigerian federal capital city, inaugurated the Governing Council and the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Trust Fund for the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP). Buhari, while speaking at a brief ceremony in the Presidential Villa, noted that ...

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Ogoniland clean-up: Activists ask government to declare state of emergency

Iniruo Willis

Despite the announcement of the supposed take-off of the Ogoniland clean-up exercise and a $10 million take-off grant in 2015, the institutional framework is still not in place to give hope to the Ogoni people that anything tangibe will come out of the process. This was the submission of Dr Godwin Ojo, executive director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of ...

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Dominican Republic charts course to renewable future

Dolf Gielen

Creating a sustainable future is the responsibility of all countries, and that includes allocating a greater share of the world’s energy mix to renewables. A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Energy Prospects: Dominican Republic, finds the Dominican Republic could by 2030 increase its share of modern renewable energy from 9% to 27%, and its share of renewable ...

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Ethiopia, South Korea collaborate on forestry, climate change


With the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the UN-REDD Programme, UNDP Seoul Policy Centre and the UNDP Country Office in Ethiopia, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change embarked on a high level visit to Republic of Korea (1st to 9th March 2016) to share experience and design roadmap for the forest sector development program that ...

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UNEP optimistic over Ogoniland clean-up

Erik Solheim

A clean environment is on the horizon for the people of Ogoniland as government, communities and oil industry commit to implementing UN Environment report recommendations On the fifth anniversary of the launch of UN Environment’s Ogoniland Assessment, the UN expressed optimism over recent developments towards an environmental clean-up. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) boss Erik Solheim said, “I am impressed by ...

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