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Expert lists benefits of biotechnology

Rufus Ebegba

Mrs Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu, the Secretary, National Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium (NBBC), says biotechnology will address the onslaught of pest and disease challenging crops growth in Nigeria. Agbaegbu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, October 20, 2017 in Abuja that biotechnology or Genetically Modified (GM) crops had been offered as a modern crop development tool. She said that ...

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Government commended on initiatives to tackle climate change

Dr Peter Tarfa

The Federal Government has been commended for its commitment to tackling climate change since President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Paris Agreement on Sept. 22, 2016. Mr Richard Inyamkume, Senior Programme Officer, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative (CCMAI), gave the commendation in Abuja on Friday, October 20, 2017 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Inyamkume expressed ...

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Fashola urges Nigerians to embrace solar energy


Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has advised Nigerians to embrace solar energy to reduce pressure on the national grid. Fashola gave the advice in Lagos at a book launch. The book titled “Solar Electricity Generation for off-grid communities in Nigeria”, was written by Mr Oladele Amoda, the Managing Director, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC). Fashola ...

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Africa’s rapid urbanisation can drive industrialisation, says UN report

Giovanie Biha

A UN report on Thursday, October 19, 2017 made concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework could harness the continent’s rapid urban transition to drive industrial development. “The 2017 Economic Report on Africa” was launched by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Kigali, Rwanda. Ms Giovanie Biha, the Deputy Executive Secretary, ...

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WFP laureate, Adesina, inaugurates $250,000 youths-in-agriculture award

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Nigeria’s image received a boost on Thursday, October 19, 2017 before the international community as former Agriculture Minister, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, formally received the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) Laureate award in the U.S. Adesina was conferred with the laureate in Des Moines, U.S. during which he committed the $250,000 cash prize to set up a fund for financing African ...

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World leaders endorse plan to tackle cancer, diabetes

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Global leaders have pledged to take bold action to reduce suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include the world’s leading killers – heart and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said governments endorsed the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority at the opening of a three-day global conference in the Uruguayan capital ...

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Government inaugurates 19-man committee to review National Transport Policy

Rotimi Amaechi

The Ministry of Transportation has inaugurated a 19-man Committee to finalise the review of the National Transport Policy draft for the country’s Transportation Sector. A statement by the ministry’s Director of Press, Mrs Yetunde Sonaike, made this known in Abuja on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who inaugurated the committee, charged the members to produce the ...

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Agric remains key sector in poverty reduction – Suarau, Lagos commissioner

United for Food

“Agriculture remains a key sector that plays major role in poverty reduction in Lagos State and Nigeria at large, and both (Lagos and Nigeria) can contribute to climate change mitigation and achieving sustainable peace for growth and development with total commitment.” These were the words of Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Oluwatoyin Suarau, at the stakeholders’ workshop organised by West ...

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Despite under-five mortality decrease, 7,000 newborns die daily – Report


Every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46% of them – or 7,000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life, according to a new UN report. “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017”, reveals that although the number of children dying before the age of five is at a new low– 5.6 million ...

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GCF injects $65.8m in Egypt’s renewable energy project

Howard Bamsey

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has transferred the first tranche of climate finance under the Egypt Renewable Energy Financing Framework. The project, undertaken with GCF partner, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), will support Egypt’s Sustainable Energy Strategy, financing investments in private renewable energy producers. The transfer of $65.8 million is the first disbursement under this project, which will ...

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