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Benue killings: UN rights chief urged to speak out, hold special session

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, urging him to use his leadership position to “urgently call and/or facilitate the holding of a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to address persistent killings apparently by herdsmen in Benue State of ...

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WWF resists Trump’s Arctic offshore drilling plan

Arctic off-shore drilling

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has taken up a campaign to ensure that President Donald Trump’s offshore drilling plan in America’s Arctic region does not see the light of the day. In the past week, the Trump Administration published the new Draft Proposed Programme for the 2019-2024 Oil and Gas Leasing Programme, which is set to replace the 2017-2022 plan ...

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Roundup: Chemical bans proved to have helped close ozone hole

ozone hole

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists have credited the international ban on man-made chemicals containing chlorine with helping to bring the ozone back. About 30 years ago under the Montreal Protocol, a United Nations emergency panel banned the use of the chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which left chlorine in the atmosphere destroying ozone molecules. Through direct observations of ...

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NCF explores illegal wildlife trade at Edu lecture series

Adeniyi Karunwi

Lagos-based environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), is set to begin the year with an annual public lecture which is geared at gaining public support for burning environmental issues. The Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture is part of NCF’s sustainable development agenda and its contribution to nation building. The 2018 Lecture will be the 16th edition. ...

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Sokoto awards contract for 250 solar-powered water schemes

Aminu Tambuwal

The Sokoto State Government has awarded contract for the construction of 250 solar powered water schemes in the 23 local government areas. Malam Imam Imam, the spokesman of the governor, said this in a statement on Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Sokoto, the state capital. Imam, who did not mention the cost, said that the project was part of government ...

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Harmattan: Protect children from cold – Paediatrician

School children

Dr Juliet Ochi of the Paediatrics Department, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), has advised parents to protect their children from cold as harmattan set in. Ochi gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Enugu. She explained that the current hazy harmattan could lead to excessive sneezing, cough ...

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1,000 farmers in Edo to benefit from cassava programme


One thousand farmers including the youths in Edo State will benefit from cassava programme by the state government, an official has said. Alhaji Abdullahi Oshiobugie, Edo North Coordinator, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin City, the state capital, on Sunday, January 7, 2018. He said ...

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Fatalities as brutal cold torments the US

Florida sign

At least 17 people have died this week in the US due to severe weather, officials have said. Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, three in North Carolina, and one each in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Virginia. More than 7,800 people along the East Coast were without power, according to reports from five states. The power ...

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Expect dust haze, cloudy weather on Saturday – NiMet

Dust haze weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze weather conditions with visibility range of three to five kilometres over the central states of the country on Saturday, January 6, 2018. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Friday, also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 25 to 35 and seven to 20 ...

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44 killed in Congo after heavy rains cause flooding

Congo flood

The number of people killed in flooding triggered by heavy rains has risen to 44 in the Congolese capital Kinshasa. “This figure remains provisional as rescue operations are ongoing,’’ Dominique Weloli, the Provincial Health Minister told newsmen on Friday, January 5, 2018. Weloli had placed the death toll at 35 on Thursday. “The victims were killed by collapsing walls, landslides ...

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