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Ogun earmarks N50m to revive timber sector

Kolawole-Lawal  Ogun earmarks N50m to revive timber sector Kolawole Lawal e1458858721803

To provide job opportunities for its teeming youth as well as increase its revenue base, the Ogun State Government has concluded plans to resuscitate the moribund Gateway Timber Industry Limited (GATIL) in the coming year. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made this known recently while defending the 2017 budget of the Ministry at the House of Assembly at Oke-Mosan, ...

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Construction of N250m Sokoto fertiliser plant begins

Aminu Tambuwal  Construction of N250m Sokoto fertiliser plant begins Aminu Tambuwal

Construction of a N250 million organic fertiliser plant that will produce 15,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser annually as well as provide over 20,000 jobs has begun in Sokoto State. Inspecting the progress of work done so far at the site, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said 100 percent of the raw materials to be used in the production of the fertiliser ...

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Images: Health facilities without clean water, sanitation

Aisha Bello  Images: Health facilities without clean water, sanitation NIG9 031 600 px

Monday, 12 December is Universal Health Coverage Day and, to mark the day, WaterAid has released a new photo series revealing the silent emergency of erratic or non-existent water supply, broken toilets and poor hygiene, which puts the health of patients, staff and surrounding communities at risk. According to WaterAid, even though Nigeria boasts the fastest-growing economy on the African ...

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WaterAid seeks accelerated plans for water, sanitation access in health facilities

Zuba Primary Health Centre  WaterAid seeks accelerated plans for water, sanitation access in health facilities NIG9 121 600 px

As part of activities to mark the 2016 Universal Health Coverage Day that is observed on Monday, 12 December, WaterAid is calling on healthcare professionals to join its global petition to ask national governments to accelerate their plans for safe, reliable access to water, sanitation and hygiene in all health facilities. The Universal Health Coverage Day is intended to highlight ...

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Agric experts list benefits of cassava peel

cassava peel  Agric experts list benefits of cassava peel IMG 3273 e1481477293662

The cassava peel has been identified as the best, cheapest and most nutritious option in processing animal feeds. Making this known on Friday, 9th December, 2016 at the 4th Agricultural Vision Group (AVG) and Agricultural Innovative Group (AIG) Meeting that held in Makurdi, Benue State, the Benue State Team Lead, Synergos, Mr Michael Agon, said it serves as a good ...

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Pruitt, attorney-general suing EPA on climate change, nominated by Trump to head agency

Scott Pruitt  Pruitt, attorney-general suing EPA on climate change, nominated by Trump to head agency Scott Pruitt

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, December 8, 2016 nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy. Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting the very agency he is being nominated ...

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Mexico creates nation’s largest biological reserves

El Morro Ayuta  Mexico creates nation’s largest biological reserves mexico marine reserves

The government of Mexico on Monday, December 5, 2016 established the largest biological reserve in the country’s history, further driving a global trend of setting aside large swaths of land and ocean for conservation. In a signed decree, President Enrique Peña Nieto set aside 160 million acres of conservation area. The Mexican federal government will safeguard four new reserves and five ...

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Google targets 100% renewable energy in 2017

Gary Demasi  Google targets 100% renewable energy in 2017 Gary Demasi

Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – it forecasts that, by next year, it’ll be purchasing as much renewable electricity as it uses across its vast operations. Overall, the company now has, under contract, 2.6 gigawatts (or billion watts) of renewable energy generating capacity, predominantly wind ...

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How multinationals lure African kids into smoking, by study

World Health Organisation  How multinationals lure African kids into smoking, by study boy smoking who

A report released recently by the Africa Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) shows a tactic tobacco companies in Africa use in addicting kids. The report investigates developments in Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Uganda An Africa regional survey conducted by the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) reveals that multinational tobacco manufacturing companies are systematically targeting children as young as six years old ...

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New bird species, giraffe under threat, reveals IUCN

global giraffe population  New bird species, giraffe under threat, reveals IUCN giraffe

Over 700 newly recognised bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction. The update also reveals a devastating decline for the giraffe, driven by habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting. The global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 years, ...

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