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IPBES vice-chair welcomes global biosafety instrument’s coming into force

Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah

The Ghana-based Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, has welcomed the coming into force of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. He said “the coming into force of the Supplementary Protocol on Monday, March 5, 2018, marks an important ...

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Environmentalists want government to ban use of polythene bags

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Some environmentalists on Monday, March 19, 2018 called on the government to ban the use of polythene bags to safeguard the environment and health of the citizens. The environmentalists made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. They, however, advocated the use of biodegradable products as an environmentally-friendly solution to polythene bags. According ...

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Unsustainable mining: Halting the scarification of Abuja

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at a community consultation in Abuja on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 frowns at the deadly act of rock blasting in residential communities The Federal Capital Territory boasts of very unique landscapes. It is dotted with hills and other natural artefacts. These hills are significant as place markers and they equally have ...

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Bonn Global Festival of Action to help drive sustainability

World Conference Centre Bonn

Sustainability experts from around the world are gathering in Bonn, Germany from March 21 to 23, 2018 to discuss ways to take action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the “Global Goals”, including action on climate change. With global issues such as population growth, rapid urbanisation, food insecurity, water scarcity and increased competition for resources globally fueling tensions ...

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World Water Day: What Nigeria needs to improve access to potable water


The World Bank recently published a report indicating that most Nigerians do not have access to potable water; the report that has raised concerns among stakeholders in the water supply sector across the country. Similarly, the United Nations observes that damaged ecosystems have affected the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption globally in recent times to complicate ...

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Global Recycling Day: Stakeholders collaborate to raise awareness

Global Recycling Day

Environmental enthusiasts in Nigeria on Saturday, March 17, 2018 joined other folks across the world to mark the inaugural Global Recycling Day with an event “A Walk for Sustainability and Recycling” in Abuja. The walk was put together by a leading recycling company in Nigeria, Chanja Datti Recycling, in collaboration with Transcorp Hilton, #PickThatTrash initiative, and “Stop Don’t Drop”. Participants ...

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Atmospheric centre expresses readiness to deploy facilities to forecast air quality

Babatunde Rabiu

The Centre for Atmospheric Research of the National Space Research and Development Agency (CAR-NASRDA) on Monday, March 19, 2018 expressed readiness to deploy facilities to six institutions in the country for air quality forecasting. Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, the Director CAR, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. “Last year, we acquired the first ...

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Ekiti establishes Water Regulatory Unit

Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State Government has established Water Regulatory Unit in the state as part of initiatives to ensure efficient and sustainable potable water supply, Chief Tunde Ogunleye, the Commissioner for Public Utilities, has said. Ogunleye said while inaugurating the unit in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Monday, March 19, 2018 that it was aimed at regulating the production, distribution, ...

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Stakeholders task states on open defecation

suleiman adamu kazaure

Participants at the Conference on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) on Monday, March 19, 2018 urged state governments to develop programmes that would meet the Open Defecation Road Map and overall hygiene promotion in the country. They gave the advice in a communiqué issued in Abuja at the end of the conference by Mr Emmanuel Awe, Director, Water Quality Control and ...

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Government told to distance Nigeria from Ugandan position on ILO partnerships with tobacco industry

Dr. Chris Ngige

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and other delegates attending the meeting of the governing body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to support calls for the ILO to cut ties with Big Tobacco. ERA/FoEN said that Nigeria has to declare its stand unequivocally in ...

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