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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Benue asked to provide farmlands to IDPs to tackle food insecurity


A call has been made to the Benue State Government to provide farmlands to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state as a means of curbing imminent food shortage. Making this call on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in Makurdi at the Action Vision Group (AVG) and Action Innovation Group (AIG) meeting organised by Synergos, Assistant Rural Institution Gender and Youth Mainstreaming (ARIGYMO) ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Uganda to destroy container of shisha pots


As the world prepares to commemorate World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, May 31, 2018, Uganda will destroy a 40-feet container full of shisha pots and related apparatus that were confiscated from bars and restaurants across the country. Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, said Uganda is striving to fight against the use of the substance which is a source ...

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HYPREP trains 35 youths for Ogoni clean-up


The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has trained 35 youths as technical assistants to monitor clean-up of oil impacted sites in Ogoniland, an official said. HYPREP’s Head of Communications, Mr Isa Wasa, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in Goi community, Gokana Local Government Area, said the training was in collaboration with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He said the ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Countries urged to raise taxes on tobacco products

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

As the “World No Tobacco Day 2018″ is commemorated globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries to raise taxes on tobacco products to make them less affordable. The WHO, in a message on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to commemorate the day celebrated annually on May 31, also urged countries to enforce comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, ...

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GWP-WA boss appointed chair of chairs of regional partnerships

Professor Amadou Hama Maiga

Chair of Global Water Partnership West Africa (GWP-WA), Professor Amadou Hama Maiga, has been appointed as Chair of Chairs of the Regional Water Partnerships. This formed one of the major highlights of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Regional Days meeting held from May 22 to 26, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary. In this capacity, the GWP-WA Chair will be responsible for ...

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UN releases $2.7 million to help cyclone-hit ‘Somaliland’


Following a visit to a cyclone-hit community in “Somaliland”, the United Nations has released close to $3 million to help people affected by an unprecedented storm which delivered a full year’s worth of rain in just a few days, compounding damage caused by recent severe flooding. “Somaliland”, officially the Republic of Somaliland, is a self-declared state internationally recognised as an autonomous region ...

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FAO considers promoting biodiversity across agricultural sectors essential

Jose Graziano da Silva

Changing how countries across the world produce food is “fundamental” to protecting the future of the Earth’s ecosystem, said the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. With large swathes of the planet’s surface used to grow food, raise animals or produce products such as timber; the agricultural sector – if managed sustainably – ...

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Niger to spend N50b on water works reticulation

Abubakar Sani Bello

The Niger State Government said on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 that it would spend over N50 billion on the reticulation of Minna, Suleja, Bida and Kontagora water works. Gov. Abubakar Bello told newsmen in Minna, the state capital, that the state government would go into Public Private Partnership (PPP) to ensure adequate water supply in major towns in the state. ...

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Experts predict less eventful hurricane season


After the insurance industry paid out record damages for 2017’s hurricane season, climate experts are expecting this year’s tropical storm season in the North Atlantic to be less eventful. “Forecasts by several research institutes say this year’s season will be average,’’ climate experts for German reinsurers, Munich Re, said on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The long-term average for the hurricane ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco and heart disease

tobacco smoking

The World No Tobacco Day 2018 focuses on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco use, according to the UN, is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases, doctors say, kill more people than any other cause of death, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure ...

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