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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Entrepreneur wants government to reduce energy wastage


A Nigerian entrepreneur based in the UK, Mr Francis Agbeja, has urged the Federal Government to ensure drastic reduction in energy wastage by adopting the right modern technologies. Agbeja, the Director of Daffresh Freight Services Ltd., gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Abuja. The entrepreneur noted that energy efficiency ...

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Why privatisation trio can’t be trusted with Lagos water infrastructure, by activists

Akinwunmi Ambode

The “Our Water Our Right Coalition”, comprising a host of national and international civil society and grassroots groups, has delivered copies of a document – “Veolia, Abengoa, Metito Cannot Be Trusted With Lagos Water” – to the Lagos State Government, asking it to halt the planned 25-year concession of Adiyan II project and a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the Odomola project. ...

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Land mismanagement, bane of desertification – Agriculturist

Burkina Faso tree planting

An agriculturist, Mr Chekwube Nwana, says mismanagement of land such as harvesting too much vegetation too quickly is one of the causes of desertification. Nwana, the former Supervisor for Agriculture, Oji River Local Government Council, Enugu State, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thurday, December 28, 2017. He said that, with an ...

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We achieved 100% investment in green energy projects in 2017 – AfDB

Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said that it achieved a 100% investment in renewable energy in 2017, a development the organisation considers a major landmark in its commitment to clean energy and efficiency. The body said in a statement made available to EnviroNews on Thursday, December 28, 2017 that power generation projects with a cumulative 1,400 megawatts exclusively from ...

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Group wants Tobacco Control Act enforced in 2018 fiscal policy


The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) says it has written to the Federal Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, asking for the inclusion of provisions of the National Tobacco Control Act (NTC Act) in the 2018 fiscal policy and other directives. The NTCA is a network of civil society organisations (CSOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), faith-based organisations (FBOs), ...

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WISE-UP to Climate project ends with prospect for second phase


The “WISE-UP to Climate” project, initiated in April 2014 to demonstrate that natural ecosystems are nature based solutions for climate change adaptation and sustainable development, has now ended. And the thinking among partners on the project is that they have been able to advance knowledge on how to ensure the efficiency of built water infrastructure. The research based activities of ...

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Montenegro ratifies Paris Agreement as 172nd Party

Filip Vujanović

Montenegro on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 deposited its instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, making the Balkan country the 172nd Party to the global treaty. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Montenegro’s ratification will come into force on January 19, 2018. Previously, DR Congo (171st), Syria (170th), Nicaragua (169th), Switzerland (168th), the Czech Republic (167th), ...

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NiMet warns air travelers, road users, others about effects of harmattan

Sani Marshi

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has advised air travelers, road users and the public to exercise caution in their operations to avoid negative effect of the current adverse weather condition. NiMet’s Weather Alert on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in Abuja, said the prevailing dust hazy weather would lead to flight delays and cancellations, and urged travelers to always show understanding ...

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FG-IFAD value chain programme contributes $37.2m to Nigeria’s GDP


The Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), initiated by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has contributed $37.2 million (about N13.4 billion) to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Mrs Vera Onyeaka-Onyilo, IFAD Communication Officer, recently disclosed this in a document presented to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The document, titled “VCDP Summary Progress’’, noted that data on the 2016 ...

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How farmers can get bumper harvests with improved seeds


The Managing Director of Premier Seeds Nigeria Ltd., Prof. Abraham Ogungbile, has advised farmers to use high-quality, improved seeds for their crop growing so as to generate bumper harvests. Ogungbile gave the advice on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said that access to good-quality, improved seeds could be the ...

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