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NEMSA boss promises safety of lives, property across power supply chain

Peter Ewesor

The re-appointed MD/CEO of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), Peter Ewesor, has identified the issue of standardisation of equipment/materials and existence of quackery as major problems plaguing the sector. According to him, these have led to many unfortunate incidences of electrical accidents and electrocutions in Nigeria. The Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation has however assured that these ...

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WHO annuls Mugabe’s Goodwill Ambassador appointment

Robert Mugabe

Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has annulled his appointment of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases in Africa, apparently due to widespread outcry. “I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns,” said Dr Ghebreyesus in a statement issued on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He ...

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Ondo, firms sign MoUs on agric projects

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Akure, the state capital, signed Memoranda of Understanding with two firms on agricultural projects and appealed for speedy take off of the projects. Akeredolu signed the MoU for the construction of a powderised egg factory with Greenfield Poultry Ltd. The second MoU with Adventum Global Inc, USA, was ...

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Nigeria cultivates only 40% of its arable land, says senator

Abdullahi Adamu

Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, says that only 40 per cent of Nigeria’s arable land is under cultivation. Adamu, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Abuja, called for increased investments in agriculture, as the situation had elicited serious concern. He said that ...

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NMA warns against declining immunisation coverage

Mike Ogirima

National Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Mike Ogirima, has decried the declining immunisation coverage in the country and urged government at all levels to do more. Ogirima gave the warning while addressing a news conference in Ilorin, Kwara State on Monday, October 23, 2017 to mark the 2017 Physician Week. He said that the 2016/2017 National Immunisation Coverage Survey ...

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12 cities to acquire zero-emissions buses, extend green areas

Paris, France

Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday, October 23, 2017 to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment. The 12, with a combined population of almost 80 million, said they would promote walking, cycling and the use of ...

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UNICEF sensitises 500 rural traders on handwashing in Osun

Pernille Ironside

No fewer than 500 rural traders were on Monday, October 23, 2017 sensitised on the importance of handwashing at Olufi Market, Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the handwashing campaign was organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with Ayedaade Local Government. Addressing the traders, a ...

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Stakeholders asked to bridge gaps identified in implementing EIA Act

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, on Monday, October 23, 2017 urged stakeholders to bridge the institutional and legislative gaps identified in the course of implementing the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act. The minister, who was represented by Dr Shehu Ahmed, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, gave the advice in Abuja at a workshop organised on ...

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National Assembly to showcase climate bill at COP23


Nigeria’s National Climate Change Bill will be a subject of international discussion at the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to hold from November 6 to 17, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change, Samuel Onuigbo, made the disclosure in Abuja ...

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Intending NEWMAP partnership states to part with N500m

National Council on Environment

States that have indicated interest to key into the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) have been asked to contribute a minimum N500 million as counterpart funding. Similarly, they are to provide 12.90% of total cost of the project as well as make available base line data of erosion sites in their states. This was one of the major ...

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