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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Government restates commitment to tackling ecological challenges nationwide

Heineken Lokpobri

The Federal Government says it is genuinely committed to tackling myriads of ecological disaster facing many states across the country. The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, made the pledge in Umuahia, Abia State, on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the inauguration of a completed Erosion and Flood Control project at Ukwudara-Amachara in Umuahia South ...

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Government tasked on effective implementation of tomato policy to boost local production

The tomato policy introduced by the Federal Government, if effectively implemented, can boost local production and promote Nigeria’s economic growth. Chief Eric Umeofia, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Erisco Foods, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Lagos. According to him, the industrialisation strategy, which aims at achieving greater ...

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Concern as NBMA displays application dossier ahead of GM maize importation


The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) on Monday, May 21, 2018 commenced a 21-day display of an application dossier by Golden Agri Inputs Limited, a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc., for the importation of genetically modified (GM) maize for feed processing. But certain quarters appear unexcited over the development, describing it as mere window dressing. The public display, ...

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International Day of Biodiversity: Celebrating silver jubilee of action for biodiversity

Cristiana Paşca Palmer

While there is a growing recognition that biological diversity (biodiversity) is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the international legal instrument for “the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and ...

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International Day of Biodiversity: Biodiversity, our collective heritage – HOMEF


Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) celebrates global efforts to preserve earth’s biodiversity as this year’s International Day of Biodiversity marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Progress has been made at national and global fronts by the convention in achieving its objectives, says the group, adding however that a serious threat ...

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AfDB to host $3m Rockefeller Trust Fund to spur agriculture, youth employment

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has established a $3 million Rockefeller Trust Fund, a joint effort of the institution and The Rockefeller Foundation to help in spurring Africa’s transformation. With this initial endowment, the Trust Fund will support the bank’s activities particularly with regards to two of its High 5 priorities – under the bank’s “Feed Africa” priority, it ...

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Congo begins Ebola vaccinations in northwest city

Oly Ilunga

Congo has begun Ebola vaccinations of medical staff in the northwest city of Mbandaka, a Reuters witness has said. The vaccinations are said to be the first in the Central African country to help stem an outbreak believed to have killed 25 people since early April. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is sending over 7,540 doses of Ebola vaccine to ...

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Africa needs to add value to products for rapid industrialisation – AfDB

Akinwumi Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, on Monday, May 21, 2018 urged African countries to add value to their products in all sectors for rapid industrialisation of the continent. He made the call at a breakfast meeting for newsmen at the bank’s Annual Meeting in Busan, South Korea. He said Africa was greatly endowed with natural resources such ...

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Lagos says capping of Olusosun dumpsite nearly completed

Olusosun dumpsite

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, says half of the 47-hectare Olusosun Metropolitan Dumpsite in Ojota has been capped. Speaking with newsmen during the supervision of the capping activities on the dumpsite in Lagos, Durosinmi-Etti said that 50 per cent of the dumpsite was successfully capped within three weeks. According to him, there is a need to cap the ...

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Shell commits N14.85b to GMoUs in Rivers

Igo Weli Shell

A total of N14.86 billion has been invested by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) operated Joint venture on Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) clusters in Rivers State, giving communities a highly-valued opportunity to decide and implement projects and programmes that have a lasting impact on people’s lives. The funding, since the GMoU concept took off in ...

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