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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Biotechnology: Activists should back up claims with verifiable scientific evidence

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Nigerians take pride in being a nation of many firsts. In 1985, Nigeria emerged as the first nation to win the maiden edition of the Under 17 World Cup. The country is still in euphoria of that feat. Our history is steeped in being bold and believing in our abilities when others doubt; and in trusting the facts. The latest ...

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Will Nigeria be flooded by GMOs in 2018?


Do Nigerians know what the safety level of foods on their dining tables would be in 2018? That is a trillion Naira question. The short answer is no. We give two quick reasons for this. A reading of the body language of the permitting National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) reveals that, besides approving virtually every application that comes before it, ...

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2017: How migration issues rocked Nigeria, developing world

Migrants in Libya sold into slavery

The issue of migration, with emphasis on irregular migration, took a place on the front burner of government and other actors in Nigeria with many activities campaigning and sensitising Nigerians on the ills of irregular migration among other issues of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. It is regrettable that many Africans, especially Nigerians spurred by economic desperation and ...

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12 new health care facilities earmarked for FCT

Mohammed Bello

Acting Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr Mathew Ashikeni, says that 12 additional health care facilities had been approved to be constructed in the six area councils. Ashikeni told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Abuja on Sunday, December 31, 2017. He said that the FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, ...

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Waste recycling described as an efficient source of revenue generation

Waste recycling

An environmental analyst, Mr Odumeru Musuilideen, on Saturday, December 30, 2017 dscribed waste recycling as an efficient source of revenue generation and a way to make the society green. Musuilideen, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Environment Division, Lagos Chapter, made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He ...

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Unilag now compliant with WHO malaria diagnostic test standard

University of Lagos Unilag

The University of Lagos, Akoka (Unilag) says the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised its institution as being compliant with its malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) batch testing standard operating procedures. The Director, Research and Innovation of the university, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, December 30, 2017 in ...

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Cocoa farmers decry low productivity, urges government commitment in 2018


Chairman, Osun State Chapter of Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), Mr Moses Oladipupo, has decried the poor production of cocoa in the state, attributing it to bad weather. Oladipupo, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo on Saturday, December 30, 2017 said only 30 per cent of expected cocoa production was achieved by farmers ...

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Nigeria can achieve self-sufficiency in rice production, says expert


The Chief Executive Officer, Raymos Guanah Farms, Mr Raymos Guanah says that Nigeria can achieve self-sufficiency in rice production if the present trend is sustained. Guanah said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Asaba, the capital of Delta State. While commending the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Anchor Borrowers ...

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Dust haze, cloudy weather to prevail on Saturday – NiMet

Dust haze weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze weather conditions with horizontal visibility range of about three to five kilometres over the central states of the county on Saturday, December 30, 2017. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Friday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 26 to 36 and 11 ...

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Ivory sales ban commences as China aims to curb elephant poaching

Ivory trafficking

Ban on ivory sales in China, the world’s largest importer and end user of elephant tusks, takes effect on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with wildlife activists calling it a vital step to reducing the slaughter of the endangered animals. China has made a big push to eradicate ivory sales and demand has fallen since early 2014 because of a crackdown ...

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