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Benue growers get farm equipment


The Benue State FGN/IFAD-Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has donated farm equipment to VCDP farmers associations in the state. Speaking at the flag-off ceremony which held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the premises of the Benue State Agricultural Development Agency (BNARDA), Makurdi, State Programme Coordinator FGN/IFAD-VCDP, Mr Emmanuel Igbaukum, stated that it had become imperative to support their farmers ...

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Gatwick, Lyon-Saint Exupéry airports go climate neutral


Gatwick Airport in the UK and Lyon-Saint Exupéry in France are the latest airports to go entirely carbon neutral with the help of the United Nations, bringing the total number of such airports in Europe up to 27. The airport’s carbon neutral status is certified by the independent carbon management programme Airport Carbon Accreditation under Airport Council International (ACI), which ...

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WHO issues updates on antibiotics use, HIV, cancer drugs

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny

New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the “WHO Model list of essential medicines” for 2017, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Other additions, it says, include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and ...

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Radio Report: Electricity from solar energy to feed national grid


One hundred megawatts of electricity generated from renewable energy sources are to be connected to the National Grid within the next five years. Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Dr. Eli Jidere Bala, stated this in Calabar, at the opening of a two-day workshop for commencement of the project. Shindong Bala was there and now reports. 

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We’ve not licenced any GMO product, says NAFDAC

Dr. Abubakar Jimoh

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it has not licensed any Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) based products in the country. NAFDAC Spokesperson, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Abuja while reacting on speculation that GMO products have flooded some markets ...

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GMOs: Why Nigeria ventured into genetic engineering


Ayuba David, a public servant based in Abuja, in this piece, makes a case for the prevalence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Nigeria, in the light of dissenting voices over government’s efforts at regulating the technology. According to him, other countries across the globe are already using the technology to their own benefit and that Nigeria cannot be an exception ...

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Faith groups ask Trump to reconsider Paris accord pull-out

Mattias Söderberg

Faith-based organisations have called on U.S. President Donald Trump to give a second thought to his decision to pull the country out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Representatives of the faith groups, who are preparing for an inter-faith gathering, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 expressed deep concern about the US decision. “To care for creation, is a moral ...

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Norway multi-faith summit explores avenue to curb deforestation

King Harald V of Norway

Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist and Jewish leaders to join with indigenous forest guardians to express moral commitment and explore faith-based mobilisation to end deforestation For the first time, leaders from many of the world’s religions will meet in Oslo, Norway to discuss the spiritual and ethical responsibility they share to protect rainforests, one of the planet’s most vital life-support systems. ...

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Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana win $7m renewable energy projects award


Winners of the 2017 $7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition have been unveiled. The announcement was made on Thursday, June 8, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark by Access Power , a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, in partnership with EREN Renewable Energy, a global independent power producer. The three winning projects, hailing from Tanzania, Rwanda ...

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Gabon creates 20 marine protected areas

President Ali Bongo Ondimba

President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon announced on Monday, June 5, 2017 in a speech delivered at the United Nations headquarters that his government has created a network of 20 marine protected areas, consisting of nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of the nation’s territorial waters. “As I have often argued, we cannot approach sustainable management solely ...

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