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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Charly Boy files N500m suit against Police


Entertainer and social crusader, Charles Oputa, also known as “Charly Boy” or “Area Fada”, has filed a N500 million suit against the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, challenging, among others, the alleged use of teargas canisters, water cannons and police dogs against him by the Police during a peaceful demonstration at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, on August ...

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World Habitat Day: Affordable housing key for development, social equality – UN

Joan Clos

With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting affordable homes on this year’s World Habitat Day, which was observed on Monday, October 2, 2017. The Day also marks the official start of Urban October – a month of worldwide celebrations and citizens’ engagement in urban life ...

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Caribbean experts underline resilience in the wake of devastating hurricanes

Hurricane Irma

Urgent investment into infrastructure more resilient to climate change is needed to allow Caribbean island nations to achieve their clean energy, sustainable development plans, a high-level meeting of representatives from Caribbean governments, development partners and regional organisations in Saint Lucia has concluded. In the wake of this year’s shocking damage inflicted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, delegates focused on rebuilding ...

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Diezani prays to defend herself in suit against SAN

Diezani Alison-Madueke

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 prayed the Federal High Court, Lagos to join her in the suit filed against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Dele Belgore, and a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The defendants were charged before ...

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Indigenous peoples in six countries advance rights over community forest


Up against development projects threatening their forests, Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Indonesia, Mali, Peru, Cameroon, Liberia and Panama are using cutting-edge technology with the help of government agencies to map and secure their rights to 1.78 million hectares of their customary lands and territories. With assistance from a new global organisation backed by an international coalition of donors, ...

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Three African nations among beneficiaries to fresh GCF-bankrolled schemes

GCF B.18

Out of the 12 beneficiary nations mentioned in the 11 new projects and programmes approved by the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the weekend in Egyptian capital of Cairo, three African countries have emerged lucky recipients. Senegal, Egypt and Ethiopia are getting their fair share from a total $392.86 million in funding to assist developing countries respond ...

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Sustainable tourism: Nene-Uwa, TVP partnership raises hope for beaches

Oyatogun Fakoya-Smith

Nigeria, the most populous black nation with so much tourism potentials, seems to be blinded by petrodollars; hence it abandoned tourism, which, experts say, could earn more foreign exchange than the dwindling black gold. The beaches, which abound in the coastal areas, are among the tourist sites. But they are in a sorry state; hence some non-profit organisations are taking ...

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Cancer researcher urges increased funding for research, development

Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy

The Federal Government has been called upon to turn a new leaf and give priority to research and development. Professor Isa Marte Hussaini, world-renowned cancer researcher and professor of Pharmacology at the University of Maiduguri, who made the submission recently in Lagos as the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy inducted new Fellows, called for greater commitment on the part of the ...

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NJC sets up panel to probe two chief judges, 13 others

Justice Walter Onnoghen

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has set up a total of 15 different committees to investigate various allegations contained in petitions against 15 Judicial Officers, including two Chief Judges. The Council, which is under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, took the decision at its 83rd meeting, after considering the reports of the two Preliminary ...

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Science, only option to improve food security in Africa, says Ugandan PM

Ruhakana Ruganda

Whether or not Africa will be able to maximise her potential in food production will depend to a large extent on the ability of countries to adopt science, technology and innovation. And if the continent can fully maximise her agricultural capacity, then she has to position herself to take advantage of new and emerging technologies. This was the consensus at ...

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