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World Leprosy Day: Global focus on ending transmission among children

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says national programmes should boost active case-finding, strengthen surveillance, improve contact-tracing and focus more on early detection of leprosy cases among children to ensure achievement of the global target of zero child infection by 2020. The call comes as the world observes World Leprosy Day on Sunday, January 28, 2018 to mark the suffering of ...

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How Davos 2018 revisited environmental concerns

Davos 2018

From the pace of climate action to saving the oceans, world leaders had plenty to say about the environment during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos. Jahda Swanborough, Lead, Environment Initiatives, World Economic Forum, recalls the key moments from the week-long forum, which held from January 23 to 26, 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland The greatest threat to civilisation As ...

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France to phase out coal-fired power stations

Emmanuel Macron

France will shut down all coal-fired power stations by 2021, President Emmanuel Macron said in an energetic speech to participants at Davos. President Macron said he wanted to “make France a model in the fight against climate change,” as one of five pillars in his plans to reform the economy. “That is a huge advantage in terms of attractiveness and ...

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NiMet explains causes of harmattan fluctuation

Sani Marshi

The Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi, says the mixture of harmattan and heat conditions presently being experienced in some parts of Nigeria is caused by oscillation of Inter Tropical Divide (ITD). Mashi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, January 28, 2018, explained that ITD is the point where the ...

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Agency predicts central Nigeria will experience early rains in 2018

Makurdi flood

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) says the mixture of harmattan and heat presently being experienced over the central part of Nigeria can lead to early rainfall in the region in 2018. Prof. Sani Mashi, the Director-General of NiMet, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, January 28, 2018. He explained ...

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Early warnings averted massive crops failure in 2017


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) said early cessation of rains in parts of Nigeria would have led to massive crops failure if early warnings were not issued to farmers through its 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP). Prof. Sani Mashi, the Director-General of NiMet, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, January 28, 2018 ...

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Nigeria, AfDB train 8,317 farmers, processors on rice value chain

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Federal Government says it has so far trained more than  8,000 farmers on rice value chain activities under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme (ATASP) Phase 1. The National Coordinator of ATASP-1, Mr Haruna Akwashiki, said this in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, January 2018. He noted that the training was done ...

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Is Nigeria ready for cattle colonies?

New Zealand cattle

The Federal Government’s plan to establish cattle colonies as a way of checking the incessant herdsmen/farmers clashes has continued to attract reactions and vast interest since it was announced by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, three weeks ago. Ogbeh, while unveiling the policy, said that 16 states had indicated interest in the scheme and were prepared to volunteer ...

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Lagos council sets aside 10 acres for rice farming


The Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State has set aside more than 10 acres for rice farming and processing to improve living standards and reduce unemployment. The council Chairman, Mr Olusola Idowu, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Idowu said that the farm would begin ...

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Kano lauds residents on sustainability of sanitation culture

Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano State Commissioner for environment, Dr Ali Makoda, has commended Kano residents for sustaining the sanitation culture over the past years. The Commissioner made the commendation after monitoring the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Kano, the state capital, on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The Commissioner, who is the chairman of the state sanitation Task Force Committee, explained that Kano ...

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