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CIFOR, USAID develop interactive wetlands map

wetlands ecosystem

The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on Tuesday launched an interactive, web-based map of the world’s wetlands on the sidelines of the 15th International Peat Congress in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The Global Wetlands Map is a new initiative by the Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (SWAMP), a collaborative effort between CIFOR and the United States Forest Service, supported by ...

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Kaduna residents lament dearth of potable water

portable water

Residents of Kakura community in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State in Nigeria are lamenting a lack of potable water within their village despite closeness to the city. A recent visit by this reporter to the village with about 1,000 inhabitants revealed that the community lacks access to good and clean water to drink. In fact, the people ...

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Buhari urges rich nations to save disappearing Lake Chad

Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has urged rich countries to do something urgent to save Lake Chad from extinction, a situation scientists have attributed to the effects of climate change. Receiving the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms Irina Bokova, in Abuja, President Buhari warned that failure to regenerate the Lake Chad would lead ...

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Breast cancer care partnership launched in Kenya

Breast cancer

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta inaugurates partnership between government of Kenya and Roche to improve care of women with breast cancer First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya Ministry of Health and Roche Pharmaceuticals Limited on Monday in Nairobi launched key activities that will facilitate access to improved care for patients with breast cancer in Kenya. The launch reportedly builds on the country’s ...

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Monsanto Tribunal: Judges, prosecutors, ambassadors unveiled

Francoise Tulkens

The Monsanto Tribunal, an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, crimes against humanity and ecocide, has unveiled a team of legal practitioners that will handle courts sessions at the Tribunal, scheduled to hold between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. The People’s Assembly, which provides the opportunity for social movements to ...

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Five-year agriculture roadmap emerges

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Federal Government of Nigeria has inaugurated a roadmap for the agriculture sector, tagged: “The Green Alternative: Agriculture Promotion Policy, 2016-2020.” Speaking on Monday in Abuja at the occasion, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said the vision was to revive the agric sector to boost food production in the country. According to Ogbeh, the policy would ...

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Nigeria’s climate agenda to adopt gender-sensitive approach

Woman farmer

Nigeria has been asked to take urgent steps to incorporate gender sensitive approach in its implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change with full participation of all stakeholders, especially women. Participants at the National Consultative Workshop on Gender and Climate Change that held last month in Abuja, who made the submission, called on stakeholders to work towards ensuring equal ...

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Why BoI is championing solar power, by Olagunju


Acting Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Waheed Olagunju, has said that the persistent problem of electricity supply from the national grid in the country made it imperative to explore alternative power supply options to lift the nation – and its rural communities in particular – out of darkness and provide them a new lease of life afforded by the presence ...

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Shell saves cost as Nigerian engineers refurbish underwater equipment

Subsea Tree

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) has said it achieved significant savings in the cost of subsea equipment through an initiative which has seen the refurbishment of five Subsea Trees in-country led by Nigerian engineers. A Subsea Tree is an arrangement of valves and other components installed at the wellhead to control and monitor production/injection flow. SNEPCo embarked on ...

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Abuja-Kaduna train service rakes in N5m in two weeks


The Abuja-Kaduna train service recorded N5 million income within the first two weeks of operation. This was disclosed by Fidet Ikhiria, the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC). Ikhiria made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while travelling on the train from Abuja to Kaduna on Saturday. The Managing Director of NAN, Bayo Onanuga, and ...

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