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Bayelsa deputy gov flays Shell over oil spills

Rear Admiral John Jonah

Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, retired Rear Admiral John Jonah, on Monday, June 18, 2018 criticised Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over  the frequent spills on  oilfields in the state. He spoke at one of the spill sites at Agoro community in Ekeremor Local Government Area following the leak of the SPDC River Ramos pipeline. Jonah urged SPDC to conduct an integrity ...

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Shell urges contractors to prioritise safety


Vice President of Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) and Gabon, Peter Costello, has charged contractors working for and with Shell Companies in Nigeria to prioritise safety and be relentless in discussing the challenges and dilemmas. He noted that Shell is poised to help improve safety performance throughout the energy industry. “Safety is our top priority. Everyone who works for us, or ...

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Consumers, private sector critical in fighting droughts, land degradation


More than 3.2 billion people, or two in every five people, are impacted by land degradation today and up to 143 million people could move within their countries by 2050 to escape water scarcity and falling crop productivity due to the slow onset impacts of climate change. To avoid these threats, Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), ...

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UN enhances Ofada rice production with solar energy

Ofada Rice Agro-processing Mill

Ofada rice, the popular delicacy, may get to dining tables at even cheaper prices, thanks to an initiative aimed at enhancing its production via solar energy. Courtesy of a collaboration involving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nigeria Country Office and the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), off-grid solar powered commercial agro-processing is transforming the rice processing industry. A three-month ...

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Cleaner Lagos, Visionscape in face-off over sacked 300 street sweepers

Street sweeper

There appears to be confusion regarding the actual employers of the 300 street sweepers’ supervisors that were recently sacked in Lagos State. Environmental utility firm, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions Ltd (VSS), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Lagos that the supervisors were employed for the Lagos State Government, under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI). ...

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Government, traditional rulers collaborate to end open defecation in Katsina

Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

The Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA) says it is collaborating with traditional institutions to put an end to open defecation in the state. Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu, the Executive Director of the agency, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Katsina, the state capital. Dayyabu said that decision ...

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UN urges effective land preservation to combat desertification


On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought observed on Sunday, June 17, 2018, the UN has called for effective land preservation to combat desertification. According to a statement by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), land is not a limitless resource and ignoring its role in our everyday lives threatens food and water supplies, biodiversity and the security ...

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Cross River communities seek review of operational agreement with oil plantation

Wilmer protest

Communities in Cross River State have demanded for the review of memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wilmer Oil Palm Plantation estates operating in their communities. They also called for a review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports if they ever existed. The communities made these demands in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, during an interactive section with journalists ...

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Nigeria to transform to major driver of global growth – Mohammed

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says Nigeria will transform to major driver of global growth with its pool of vibrant, energetic youths and government’s repositioning policies. The minister said this in a keynote address he delivered at the 2018 “Africa Together Conference” at the University of Cambridge in the UK on Saturday, June 16. A text of ...

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Windstorm, downpour, wreak havoc in Bauchi

Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar

Heavy rainfall and windstorm on Saturday, June 16, 2018 destroyed property in Bauchi metropolis, the Bauchi State capital, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Although there were reports of injuries, the authorities are yet to ascertain whether or not some people had lost their lives. The downpour, which started at about 4pm, lasted for about two hours, uprooting trees, ...

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