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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Herbal, ‘natural’ treatment of Ebola, malaria, sickle cell disease developed

Isaac Adewole

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) says it has successfully researched and developed six traditional herbal products for the treatment of Ebola, Malaria and other diseases. The NIPRD Director-General, Prof. Karniyus Gamaniel, said this while presenting the score card of his eight-year tenure (2009 to 2017) in Abuja on Friday, January 19, 2018. The programme, organised by ...

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Insurance scheme to protect smallholder African, Asian farmers from climate risks

Women farmers

Over 690,000 families totalling up to four million people living in six low-income countries stand to benefit from a new climate insurance programme launched on Thursday, January 18, 2018 by VisionFund International, World Vision’s microfinance arm and Global Parametrics, a new venture funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and by the InsuResilience Investment Fund, set up by German development ...

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GMOs: Ogbeh wants scientists to advise government on way forward

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has called on Nigerian scientists to advise the Federal Government on the acceptability or otherwise of Genetically Modified Orgsnisms (GMOs). Ogbeh made the call on Saturday, January 20, 2018 during a working visit to the Agricultural and Veterinary Complex of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State. The minister said that ...

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Sokoto distributes N104m organic fertiliser to farmers

organic fertiliser

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Saturday, January 20, 2018 announced the purchase of N104 million worth of locally made fertiliser for distribution to farmers across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. Tambuwal said this when he launched the sales of organic fertiliser produced by a local firm, Sokoto-IML Company Ltd., in Sokoto, the state capital. The ...

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Heaps of refuse will disappear ‘in a couple of weeks’ – Ambode


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Saturday, January 20, 2018 assured residents that waste deposited on major highways and streets around the state would no longer be visible in a couple of weeks. Ambode spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja after inaugurating the new board of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC). The governor, represented by his Special ...

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When climate change comes knocking: The Benin City experience

SafeClimate4Africa campaign

Since the coming together of countries to chart a path for global climate in 2015, the topic of climate change has gained much relevance and the spotlight in national discussions. Nigeria, who happens to be a signatory to this contract, did not pay the due attention to implementing the resolutions met at the conference until climate change came knocking at ...

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Group predicts Visionscape will replicate refuse management crisis in Lagos water sector

Akinbode Oluwafemi

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Lagos State Government to terminate any agreement it may have entered into with Visionscape in the water sector as its performance in waste management has shown that it will also throw the water sector into crisis. The environmental justice group made the call in a statement made available ...

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Battery recycling plants in Nigeria, others contaminated by lead, study finds

Lead batteries

An international study has found extensive lead contamination around lead battery recycling plants in Nigeria and six other African countries.  The contamination levels in soil ranged up to 14% lead with average concentrations of 2% lead. Lead battery recycling is a growing hazardous industry throughout Africa. In addition to vehicle applications, lead batteries are used to store solar and wind ...

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Tambuwal inaugurates Sokoto solar mini grid scheme

Aminu Tambuwal

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Friday, January 19, 2018 inaugurated a 80kwp solar mini grid electricity project that will supply power to over 4,000 inhabitants of Kurdula community in Gudu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. The project is one of six such projects currently supported by the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP). Altogether, the projects ...

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Tobacco and life expectancy in Nigeria

tobacco smoking

Life expectancy is a statistical measure of the average time an organism is expected to live, based on the year of birth, current age and other demographic factors. Over the years, studies have shown many factors affect life expectancy. They include hygiene, diets, location, standard of living, among others; these contribute to increasing or decreasing life expectancy.  Despite technological advancement, ...

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