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Government releases names, details of missing Dapchi girls

Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi

The Federal Government on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 released the names and details of the missing 110 girls following attack on the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on Feb. 19. The list was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The minister said the list which ...

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Stakeholders want ExxonMobil, Chevron removed from EITI Board

Fredrik Reinfeldt

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources. It seeks to address the key governance issues in the extractive sectors. However, the inclusion of oil majors such as ExxonMobil and Chevron in the EITI Board has become a cause for concern among certain quarters, who are demanding the ...

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Brazil’s attempt to legalise genetic extinction technology encounters brick-wall

Brazil farmers

What looks like the largest rural movements in Brazil, representing well over a million farmers, are protesting a new Brazilian regulation that would allow release of gene drives, the controversial genetic extinction technology, into Brazil’s ecosystems and farms. On February 3 and 4, 2018, the National Coalition of Farmworkers and Rural, Water and Forest Peoples met near São Paulo, Brazil ...

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Inter-basin water transfer, panacea for shrinking Lake Chad – LCBC boss

Sand miners

Alhaji Sanusi Abdullahi, Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), says inter-basin water transfer from the Ubangui River in Democratic Republic of Congo is the only way to save the lake from extinction. Abdullahi said this when he spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the ongoing International Conference on Lake Chad in Abuja on Tuesday, ...

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Expert urges African countries to harmonise laws on invasive species

Invasive alien species

African governments should harmonise their laws to safeguard countries from the invasive species, an expert said on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Invasive species are plants, fungus, or animal species that is not native to a specific location, and that has a tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health. Martha ...

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Ecologist calls for adequate funding for waste management

Lagos refuse

An ecologist, Mr Habib Omotosho, has urged the government to provide adequate funds for relevant waste management authorities to purchase more waste evacuation equipment. This, he said, became necessary to achieve sustainable solid waste management in the country. Omotosho, who is the National Coordinator, Environmental Advancement Initiative, an NGO, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria ...

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Ecological Fund Office urged to intervene in Dutse varsity’s erosion challenges

Federal University, Dutse (FUD)

The Federal Government has directed the Ecological Fund Office to include the Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State, in its data bank for erosion control intervention programmes. Prof. Fatima Batul-Muktar, the Vice-Chancellor of FUD, made this known at the pre-convocation press briefing of the university in Dutse on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Batul-Muktar also said that the Federal Ministry of ...

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Lagos farmers yet to benefit from Anchor Borrowers Programme – AFAN

Farming

The Chairman, Lagos Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Chief Femi Oke, has said that no member of the association had benefitted from Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Lagos. The ABP was initiated by the government, through ...

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Centre says Indian poultry industry used its name to misrepresent facts

Poultry farming

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has frowned at the All India Poultry Development and Services Private Limited for its advertisement which appeared on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 on the front page of a leading national daily, as “complete misrepresentation”. The advertisement refers to the results of a 2014 study conducted by CSE on chicken meat. CSE said in ...

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Snow hits transport networks in Britain, Ireland

Snow - UK

Snow and frost brought widespread disruption to transport networks across Britain and Ireland on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 as forecasters warned that temperatures this week could plunge to the lowest for no less than five years. Up to 10 centimeters of snow fell in many areas overnight as Britain’s Met Office warned that “snow showers or longer periods of snow ...

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