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Leaked report says climate change speeding up in US

Hurricane Matthew

The US is experiencing rapid climate change, 13 government agencies say in an unreleased report obtained by The New York Times. The report finds with “high confidence” that temperatures have spiked since 1980 and that “how much more the climate will change depends on future emissions and the sensitivity of the climate system to those emissions.” The 13 agencies’ findings contradict the Trump ...

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Kiribati, Syria ratify Minamata Convention

Taneti Mamau

Governments of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Kiribati on Wednesday, July 26 and Friday, July 28, 2017 respectively deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 72nd and 73rd future Parties to the Minamata Convention. Prior to this, the Government of Jamaica on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification to become the 71st future Party to the ...

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Malnutrition: 13% of Nigerians risk being mentally deformed


At least 13 per cent of Nigerian children risk growing up with mental deformity unless proper iodine is part of their nutrition, according to professor emeritus, Babatunde Oguntona, who calls on government to pay greater attention to public health. “If we don’t keep iodine level properly, we’ll have 13 per cent of Nigerian children mentally deformed,” Prof. Oguntona said at ...

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Government applies to withdraw case against seven commercial banks

Federal High Court

The Federal Government on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 applied to withdraw the case it instituted against seven commercial banks in the country, which were accused of violating the government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy. Government had alleged that the banks connived with some government agencies to illegally hide in their coffers a total of $793,200,000, which was meant to have ...

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Police arraigns three men for allegedly defrauding Lagos speaker N9.1m

Mudashiru Obasa

The Police on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 arraigned three men before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, off the sum of N9.188 million. The three men, Frank Nwokobia, 27, Ezeoke Kanayochukwu, 25, and Godwin Essien, 28, were arraign before Justice Chuka Obiozor, on a five-count charge ...

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NEITI, NSIA, NOA partner on extractive revenue management

Waziri Adio

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) have agreed to work together in the areas of oil revenue savings and promotion of better attitude to public office. The agencies reached the agreement at separate meetings with NEITI Executive Secretary, Waziri Adio. The meetings focused on exploring areas of ...

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Why Lagos has not addressed water challenges, by activists

ERA water

Lagos State Government has refused to fix the problem in the water sector because it sees water as a business, and not as human right in the state, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Akinbode Oluwafemi, has said. He spoke at a news conference in Lagos on Monday, August 6, 2017 to update the media ...

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Shell releases $10m, reaffirms commitment to Ogoni clean-up

Igo Weli Shell

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has said it will continue to support the clean-up process of Ogoni communities in Rivers State. It equally said it had released $10 million take-off fund to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Agency. The firm’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, revealed this at the weekend in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during an interactive ...

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Communication described as vital in implementation of Great Green Wall Initiative

Sawap Bricks

Communication and the messages conveyed to the general public play a critical role in the implementation of the Great Green Wall Initiative. This was the submission of Mr. Ali Moha, Coordinator of the Community Action Programme (PAC3), at the opening of the “Regional Workshop on communicating project results to different audiences” held recently in Niamey, Niger Republic. In his welcome ...

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Alison-Madueke loses Banana Island properties to government

Diezani Alison-Madueke

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered that a $37.5 million mansion on Banana Island in Lagos linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. The court also ordered that the sums of sums of $2,740,197.96 and N84,537,840.70 realised as rents on the property should equally be forfeited to ...

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