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Maize stakeholders laud Bayer effort to address weed, armyworm

corn field

Stakeholders in the maize sector have lauded Bayer Nigeria, a global company, on agricultural agro chemicals for its effort towards addressing the issue of weed and armyworm in the country. They spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Maize Conference organised by Bayer Nigeria, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Abuja ...

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CITES to improve regulation of trade in captive-raised animals, artificially propagated plants

John Scanlon

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) says it is making strides in improving the regulation of trade in captive-raised animals and artificially propagated plants with the publications of two guides for inspecting facilities producing such animals and plants, as well as guidance on the use of source codes. The two guides, ...

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River Basin boards asked to reposition to ensure food security

Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has urged the governing board of the 12 River Basins and its parastatal agencies to focus on repositioning to enhance food security and job creation. The minister, Mr Suleiman Adamu, made this call at the opening of a two-day retreat for the Governing Boards of the 12 River Basin Development Authorities and the Parastatals ...

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UNODC restates need to check rising menace of drug abuse

Yury Fedotov

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has stressed the need to check the rising menace of Pharmaceutical drug abuse among youths in Nigeria by the government at all levels. Mr Sylvester Atere, the Communication Officer of the UNODC, made this call in a statement on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Abuja. He said the presentation of the ...

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Ministers commit to protecting world’s largest tropical peatland

Global Peatlands Initiative

Commitments to conserve peatlands in the Congo basin were announced on Friday, March 23, 2018 as the Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia signed the Brazzaville Declaration at the third meeting of the Global Peatland Initiative, involving the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Environment and partners. The Brazzaville Declaration promotes better management and conservation ...

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Farmers, herdsmen’s clashes hampering sanitation interventions in Benue

The continuous clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State have been hindering effective sanitation interventions. Programme Manager, United Purpose, Mr Nanpet Chuktu, made the assertion at a Programme Coordinating Mechanism (PCM) meeting of the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN) programme in Abuja on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. According to Chuktu, the ...

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Stakeholders demand total reversal of new Lagos land charges

Lagos State House of Assembly

Stakeholders, including professional bodies and civil society organisations, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 demanded a reversal of the new Lagos State Land Use Charge Law, 2018 to its former status, rather than an amendment. The stakeholders made this position known at a daylong stakeholders meeting organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly on the controversial law that drew condemnation ...

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Nigeria to boost power generation via renewable energy resources

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 that the Federal Government would use renewable energy resources to increase energy generation. Onu made this known when he received an Energy Charter Mission Team on Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2018 in Abuja. The team was led by Prof. Jidere Bala, the Director-General, Energy ...

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Africa must build digital infrastructure to compete in 4th Industrial Revolution, says Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

To compete at the accelerated pace of technological innovations and the 4th Industrial Revolution, Africa has to put in more money into training its people and equipping them with the skills they need for the jobs of the future, Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has said. He also called on African countries to rethink the ...

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We didn’t urge Nigeria to legalise cannabis – UNODC

Yury Fedotov

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has distanced the organisation from the news making the rounds that it called for the decriminalisation of cannabis in Nigeria. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. In a statement issued on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Abuja and ...

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