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Nigeria gets high rating on road safety


As the Federal Road Safety Corps held its 7th annual lectures series on Thursday, August 24, 2017 members of the international community have rated Nigeria among countries with robust road safety strategic agenda, with calls on other nations to emulate it. This was the main focus of this year’s annual lecture delivered by the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on ...

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Implications of a Nigerian clean energy revolution


Most African nations have been dragging their feet in the development of their power systems owing to the prime reason of upfront cost of erecting new power plants as well as electricity grids. However, the benefits derivable from energy as a tool for development cannot be overemphasised. Fortunately, its significance to industrial growth in Nigeria is being appreciated now. Likewise, ...

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Fiji’s objective as incoming COP23 president, by Bainimarama

Voreqe Frank Bainimarama

Prime Minister of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama, believes that the country’s aim as the incoming president of the COP23 is to build greater resilience for all vulnerable nations against extreme weather events and rising sea levels. While addressing the members at the Methodist Church Conference at Centenary Church on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Suva, Bainimarama says that government has implemented ...

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Adaptation can help communities protect livelihoods – Espinosa

Espinosa UN Bonn

Speaking at the UN Summer Academy in Bonn, Germany, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, believes that impacts of climate change can help families and communities protect their livelihoods, even as climate action also offers a path towards good jobs in the green economy. Excerpts: We live in a moment of multiple ...

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ICPC inaugurates anti-corruption corps in Benue, Imo, Rivers

Ekpo Nta

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has charged officials and members of the newly-reengineered National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps (NAVC) to mobilise and create awareness on the devastating effects of corruption, while enlightening the people on the laws governing the behaviour of public officials and their responsibilities towards citizens. The charge was given by the NAVC National ...

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Untold story of IDP camps


Poverty, hunger, sickness, regret, rape, sorrow, misery, wretchedness, death pool; these are probably what first comes to mind when you hear “IDP camp” – or Internally Displaced Persons Camp. Well, that’s partly true, because that is what you see on the pages of the dailies, the screen of your television sets, and the timeline/feeds on various social media platforms, maybe? ...

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Pakistan plants one billion trees in two years


Pakistan’s northwestern province, Khyber Pakhtunkhaw (KPK), has planted an unprecedented one billion trees in just more than two years and surpassed an international commitment of restoring 350,000 hectares of forests and degraded land. The massive effort aims to turn the tide on land degradation and loss in the mountainous, formerly forested KPK, which lies in the Hindu Kush mountain range. ...

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Government asked to to beam searchlight on BATN engagements


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called on the federal government to beam its searchlight on British America Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) engagements with government agencies to determine if its interactions undermine the country in any way. The ERA/FoEN call comes in the wake of The Guardian of London report on August 18, 2017 titled “How British American Tobacco ...

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Ogun urges industrialists to comply with environmental laws


The Ogun State Government has taken steps to enforce compliance to environmental laws by embarking on inspection tour to industries towards ensuring they put in place necessary environment-friendly equipment including functional Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) to recycle waste water. Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, who made this known recently through his media aide, Mrs. Nofisat Alapoti, while inspecting industries ...

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World Water Week: Leaders meet in Stockholm to discuss global water crisis


World leaders, water experts, development professionals and CEOs will meet in Stockholm, Sweden from Sunday, August 27 to Friday, September 1, 2017 for the annual World Water Week, where they will discuss the world’s growing water challenges and how to meet them. The 2017 World Water Week will be held under the theme “Water and waste: reduce and reuse”, which resonates ...

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