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Ogun clamours fresh forest reserves in South West region


The Ogun State Government is canvassing for the establishment of more forest reserves in the South West geo-political zone with the conviction that the step will help in mitigating the effect of climate change and control acute weather. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made the call recently while featuring on a live television programme in Abeokuta, the capital city. ...

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Russia 2018: Firms shun World Cup sponsorship

Giovanni Infantino

World football governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), is having sleepless night as it is failing to attract backing, after firms appear to desert the sponsorship of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The development stems from the corruption scandals, hooliganism threats, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy in Syria and Ukraine. The once-booming and money-spinning FIFA ...

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AMCEN16: African governments urged on Paris Agreement implementation commitment

AMCEN Libreville, Gabon

African governments have been called upon to adopt a declaration to affirm their commitment to the acceleration of implementation of the Paris Agreement, and condemn the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The call was made on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Libreville, Gabon in a statement issued by the African Major Groups and Stakeholders ...

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Stakeholders, Gates Foundation draft agriculture policy for Benue

Benue-CDT/AVG meeting

Machinery has been put in place for the drafting of an agriculture policy in Benue State by Synergos, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates Foundation or BMGF) supported organisation, in conjunction with other stakeholders. This was the key reflection at the the Synergos Benue State CDT/AVG Meeting for State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) held 15th June, 2017 in Makurdi, Benue ...

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100 airports in Europe to become carbon neutral by 2030


No fewer than 100 European airports are to be carbon neutral by 2030, according to the planning of the European branch of Airports Council International (ACI Europe). The council this week doubled its carbon neutrality target for 2030 in support of the central goal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is to hold the global average temperature rise to ...

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Nigerian re-elected Chair of UN scientific panel

Professor Lawrence Awosika

Nigeria’s Prof. Lawrence Folajimi Awosika has been re-elected as the Chairman of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) for a five-year term. The 68-year-old Nigerian from Ondo State will chair the panel till 2022. Awosika polled 154 out of 157 votes to emerge Chair of the prestigious 21-person UN scientific body. The CLCS is ...

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Federal varsity embarks on tree planting campaign to promote eco-friendliness

Funai tree planting

The Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) in Ebonyi State on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 carried out a fresh round round of tree planting exercise to promote eco-friendliness, guard against environmental degradation, provide edible fruits for staff and students, and ensure total greening and aesthetic beauty of the University environment. This was part of the activities lined up for the students’ ...

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Anthony Joshua set for three-day visit to Nigeria


World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, is set to embark on a three-day visit to Nigeria in August, 2017. During the visit, he will pay courtesy calls on Acting President Yomi Osinbajo and the Governors of Lagos and Ogun states, Akinwunmi Ambode and Ibikunle Amosun respectively. He will also visit some royal fathers including the Ooni of Ife, the Awujale ...

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Abuse of older people on the rise, says study

Elderly people

Around one in six older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide. A new study, supported by the Word Health Organisation (WHO) and published in the Lancet Global Health, has found that almost 16% of people aged 60 years and older were subjected to psychological abuse (11.6%), ...

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54,000 youths compete for laurels as 19th NNPC/Shell Cup kicks off


Some 54,000 students from 2,750 secondary schools across the Nigeria are competing for honours in the 19th edition of the NNPC/Shell Cup now holding at centres in 36 states of the Federation including Abuja, in the biggest youth football championship in Nigeria. “This is another opportunity for young football talents to develop their dreams while still studying, and another platform ...

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