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UNICEF: Vulnerable children most impacted by climate change

Climate change

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN’s children’s rights and emergency relief organisation, has warned that climate change is a dangerous and disruptive force for many children around the world and is particularly impacting the most vulnerable. In its 2016 annual report, the organisation says that poor and disadvantaged children were disproportionately affected by humanitarian disasters last year – ...

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NEMA provides for repentant Boko Haram insurgents

Boko Haram attack

Towards fast-tracking peace process in the North-eastern Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has presented food and non-food items to the military for Operation Safe Corridor Programme meant to de-radicalise, rehabilitate and re-integrate 800 Boko Haram insurgents that surrendered‎. Presenting the items in Gombe, the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi said, “The initiative, which is in line ...

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British businesses urged to invest in Eko Atlantic City

Pierre Edde

Eko Atlantic City, a sprawling mixed-use estate being built on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos, has been described as an opportunity for British businesses to make a difference in Nigeria. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, who made the submission during a recent tour of the project site by a trade delegation of the British ...

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Campaigners demand end to BP arts, culture sponsorship


Some 216 arts and culture professionals, scientists and campaigners have signed a damning letter published in The Times of London, calling for British Petroleum’s (BP) new five-year sponsorship deals with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company to be cancelled. The signatories argue: “These institutions’ decisions are badly out of step with the mood of their own staff ...

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Environment Outreach Magazine Lecture to address insurgency, effects

Hon. Minister of Environment

The 7th Environment Outreach Magazine Public Lecture/Environmental Awards Ceremony will hold on Thursday, 04 August 2016 in Abuja. According to the publisher of the magazine and host of the event, Chief Noble Akenge, the theme of this year’s lecture is: “Insurgency and its effect on the Nigerian Environment and Economy: which way forward” and it will be delivered by the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed. Erstwhile Minister of Environment, Chief ...

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Sokoto, Morocco to collaborate on solar, agriculture

Solar Panels on rooftop of Bamdzeng village Health Center-photo Arison TAMFU (1)

The Sokoto State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with the Kingdom of Morocco in the development of solar energy and fertiliser management for the benefit of the people of the state. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who met with the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Mosidfa Bouh, in Abuja said that Morocco had distinguished itself in some critical sectors, which ...

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Nigeria to produce national mercury inventory

Mr Oluyomi Banjo

Nigeria has initiated moves to produce a national mercury inventory aimed at identifying, quantifying and addressing its mercury releases. Environment Expert, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Regional Office in Abuja, Mr Oluyomi Banjo, who made the disclosure on Monday (01 August 2016), stated that a country team with members selected from relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and the ...

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Hailstorm destroys farmlands in Sokoto


About 70 farmlands have been destroyed by hailstorm in some villages of Shagari Local Government of Sokoto State. Confirming the incident to news men in Shagari town on Monday, chairman of the Local Government Council, Alhaji Jabbi Shagari, said that the affected villages include Gangam, Illela and Lambar Yabo. According to him, “The disaster destroyed over 10,000 square metre of farmlands, ...

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Why lawmakers are vital to climate diplomacy, by UNDP


If Nigeria is to harness the opportunities that the new global climate regime presents, the legislature must be equipped with the requisite knowledge to make laws that will facilitate successful implementation, Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has said. Dr Beyai, who made the submission last Tuesday (27 July, 2016) during the “Roundtable on Pursuing ...

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10 LGAs to benefit from N8.8bn World Bank, Sokoto projects

Aminu Tambuwal

The World Bank and the Sokoto State Government are collaborating in the execution of various projects to the tune of N8.8 billion in the area of environmental management in 10 local government areas (LGAs) of the state. A statement issued by the spokesman to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Malam Imam Imam in Sokoto on Sunday, said that, under the Nigeria Erosion ...

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