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Committee on Dapchi school girls’ abduction inaugurated

Babagana Monguno

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 inaugurated a 12-member committee to unravel circumstances that led to the abduction of 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State. Monguno, who described the abduction as worrisome, said “it does not portray the country in good light. “There have also been reports, especially in the social ...

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Political commitment needed to revive Lake Chad Basin – Buhari

Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Abuja stressed the need for political commitment towards reviving the Lake Chad Basin. Speaking at the ongoing International Conference on Saving the Lake Chad, Buhari also called for collective efforts toward rescuing the Lake Chad Basin with a renewed vigor, determination and international collaboration. “We must treat the issues of the ...

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Fishing community laments disorder from Lagos Lagoon reclamation

Lagos Lagoon

Ongoing dredging work at Oworonsoki in Lagos is causing a lot of mud to settle around the Agoegun fishing community in Bariga and appears to have caused the fishes in the lagoon in the axis to migrate into the ocean. “If we in this community now want to fish, we are compelled to go as far as Ikorodu, Ibeshe and ...

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Gabon accuses France’s Veolia of polluting amid concession dispute

Veolia - SEEG

Gabon has accused French environmental services group, Veolia, of widespread pollution at SEEG, the power and water utility it operates there, amid a growing dispute over the company’s concession. Veolia, which has already threatened legal action after the government seized SEEG earlier this month and said it would cancel its concession, rejected the accusations. Speaking to reporters in the capital ...

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Mabogunje calls for proactive measures to mitigate effects of climate change

Prof. Akin Mabogunje

Nigeria’s first Professor of Geography, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, says proactive measures are urgently needed to mitigate the effect of climate change in the country. Mabogunje said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. He said this while reacting to the warnings by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) on ...

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Over 100 cities get majority of electricity from renewables, says study

Iceland

Cities are increasingly reporting that they are powered by renewable electricity, according to data published on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by CDP, a global environmental impact non-profit. CDP says it holds information from over 570 of the world’s cities and names over 100 now getting at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. The list ...

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UN outraged by Dapchi schoolgirls abduction

Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi

The UN has expressed outrage at the abduction of 110 schoolgirls of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. The Secretary-General, Mr Antonio Guterres, said in a statement by his Spokesperson, Mr Stephane Dujarric, that he “strongly condemns the abduction and attack”. Guterres said he was gravely concerned over the situation of the schoolgirls’ abducted ...

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Commission urges AU to take ownership of Lake Chad project

Lake Chad

The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 called on the member-states of the African Union (AU) to take ownership of the project to save Lake Chad from imminent extinction. Its Executive Secretary, Alhaji Sanusi Abdullahi, made the call at the opening of the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of the LCBC in Abuja. ...

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Inter-basin water transfer: Opportunities, prospects for Lake Chad

Sand miners

After five decades of the creation of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), the basin is still characterised by increasing population and severe drought. Scholars believe that as the population growth rate increases from 40 million in 2010, to a projection of 62 million in 2030, the consequences of famine, water distribution problems, human and animal disease will also rise. ...

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Olumide Idowu named Nigeria Country Manager for Climate Scorecard

Olumide-Idowu

Director and Co-Founder of Climate Scorecard, Ron Israel, has disclosed that Olumide Idowu will be the Nigeria Country Manager for the international not-for-profit organisation. Mr Idowu will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on current climate change related activities in the country. An entrepreneur, environmentalist and activist, Idowu, who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 42 African countries with ...

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