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Impact of ECOWAS free movement treaty on Nigeria’s agric sector

Chief Audu Ogbeh

For a very long time, agriculture was the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. As a matter of fact, a lot of countries across the world depend solely on agriculture for their survival and sustenance. The importance of agriculture in Nigeria can never be over-emphasised, as agriculture still provides livelihoods for a larger percentage of the citizens. The determination of the ...

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Harmattan: Cost of dust mask rises in Kano

Dust haze weather

The price of dust mask has increased in Kano State following intense cold, harmattan dust and hazy conditions, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. A NAN correspondent who went round some markets in Kano, the state capital, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 found that a pack of 50 dust masks that cost between N450 and N500 before the harmattan ...

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China discovered 21 new amphibian, reptile species in 2017, says report

China amphibian species

A total of 21 new amphibian and reptile species as well as two new subspecies were discovered in China in 2017, according to a recent academic report. Amphibian is a cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that comprises the frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians while reptile is vertebrate animal of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and ...

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Schools in cholera-hit areas in Lusaka to remain closed

Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian Government on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 said schools in areas where there was a cholera outbreak in Lusaka, the country’s capital, would not reopen to avoid cross-contamination. Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya, stated this at a news conference in Lusaka. He said schools in all the areas cited as epicentres of the waterborne disease in the city would ...

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France signs $253m loan agreement to boost ADF

Hassatou N’Sele

The African Development Fund (ADF) has signed a significant concessional donor loan agreement with the Government of France to the tune of $253 million as support for the 14th replenishment of the Fund. Established in 1972, the ADF represents an enduring development partnership between African countries and donors. The Fund is part of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and helps to improve the ...

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Expect thick dust haze, partly cloudy weather on Tuesday – NiMet

Dust haze weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted thick dust haze conditions over the central states of the county on Tuesday, January 2, 2017. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Monday also predicted in the range of 26 to 34 and 11 to 21 degrees Celsius respectively. The agency predicted that the Southern States would experience ...

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2017: Issues that earned mention in environment circles


This is 2018, a year that promises goodies to the environment. Aside the World Environment Day that comes up on June 5, there are other events environmentalists should look out for. One of them is Sustainability Strategy 2018 FIFA World Cup. Surprised that the world football federation is environment-friendly also? Wait for Russia 2018, which Nigeria is among the teams. ...

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How rail scheme keys into climate policy, by Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has said that the the Light Rail System, which is under construction, will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emission in line with the administration’s policy on climate change. The president, who made the submission on Monday, January 1, 2018 in his New Year address to the nation, disclosed that the train service would stimulate economic ...

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‘Climate change moving faster, inequalities growing’

Antonio Guterres

“Climate change is moving faster than we are. Inequalities are growing. We see horrific violations of human rights. Nationalism and xenophobia are on the rise.” Those were the disturbing words of UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Sunday, December 31, 2017 in a New Year message to the world. In the note, wherein the world’s premier civil servant expressed reservation of ...

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Association to engage 500,000 farmers in maize cultivation in 2018

Elumuka Margaret

The National President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Bello Abubakar-Annur, says the union is planning to engage 500, 000 farmers in maize cultivation in the 2018 farming season across the country. Abubakar-Annur told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, January 1, 2018 in Sokoto that the figure was part of the target set by the association to complement ...

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