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Mexico forum to feed climate process

climate process

Achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and true sustainable development will take broad-based engagement, especially by the private sector to drive innovation and investment, participants at the opening of Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum in Mexico City have been told. Mexico suffered a serious earthquake last month that resulted in terrible loss of life and destruction. ...

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Buhari congratulates Adesina for bagging World Food Prize Laureate

Akinwumi Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria remains proud of its former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for the winning the 2017 World Food Prize. Adesina, who is the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), was on Thursday, October 19, 2017 presented with the $250,000 prize and Laureate sculpture at a ceremony in the United States. The President’s Special Adviser ...

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Genetically modified crops’ safety: The fears and assurance

NBMA Biosafety conference

At the just concluded conference on biotechnology in Abuja recently, Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director-General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), expressed concern that many Nigerians were not supporting the introduction of genetically modified crops. “Although the technology is about 26 years old, Nigeria has yet to fully embrace the technology based on so many factors. “The agency has the capability to ...

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Ecologist urges industrialists, business owners to use solar energy for operations

ADB-rooftop solar

An environmentalist, Mr Habib Omotosho, has urged industrialists and business owners to use solar and other renewable sources of energy for their operations to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Omotosho, the National Coordinator, Environmental Advancement Initiatives, an NGO, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, October 19, 2017. He said that ...

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IFAD to support 4,522 dry season rice farmers in Taraba

Dr David Kassa

Dr David Kassa, the Taraba State Commissioner for Agriculture, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 said International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has concluded arrangements to support 4,522 dry season rice farmers in the state with farm inputs. Kassa disclosed this at the opening session of the state’s Trade Promotion and Knowledge Fair, organised by VCDP ...

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Planners want Land Use Act expunged from constitution

Omotayo Awomosu

The Lagos Chapter of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 urged the Federal Government to delete the Land Use Act from the nation’s Constitution. Its Chairman, Mr Omotayo Awomosu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that removal of the Land Use Act ...

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Monkey Pox cases increase to 74 in 11 states

Isaac Adewole

The Monkey Pox virus outbreak has spread to 11 states with 74 suspected cases recorded, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said. Adewole made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). President Muhammadu Buhari chaired the meeting held at ...

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AfDB to invest $24b in agriculture in 10 years – Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) says the bank will invest $24 billion in agriculture over the next 10 years to help unlock its potential and assure food security in Africa. AfDB president, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said this at a side event of the ongoing Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, USA on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Adesina said ...

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Lagos to inaugurate Community Vector Control Point

Akinwunmi Ambode

An environmentalist, Mr Oluwasegun Benson, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 said that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State would officially inaugurate the Community Vector Control Point (CVCP) in Lagos on Thursday, October 26. Benson, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phosgard Fumigants Ltd., said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said ...

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Investors urged to explore opportunities in environment sector

Senator Ibikunle Amosun

Private sector players have been asked to seize the investment opportunities existing in the environment sector and help transform the nation’s economy. Environment Minister of State, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who made the submission in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday, October 16, 2017 at the 11th National Council on Environment (NCE), stressed that the investment opportunities entail repositioning the National Agency ...

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