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AfDB to invest $120m to boost cassava, others


The African Development Bank (AfDB) said is to invest $120 million in the next three years to boost cassava production and transform eight other commodities. AfDB’s Director of Agriculture, Dr Martin Fregene, made the remark at the ongoing conference on Global Cassava Partnerships (GCP) for the 21st Century in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports ...

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UNODC recommends community-based treatment for drug addicts

Yury Fedotov

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has recommended community-based treatment model as intervention for curbing abuse of narcotic and psychotic drugs in Nigeria. The Project Officer of UNODC, Mrs Harshet Virk, made the recommendation in Enugu on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the first South East Round Table on Substance Abuse organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of ...

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SEMA sensitises Kaduna residents to flood issues


The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says it has started sensitising residents to early-warning flood signals in the flood-prone areas of the Kaduna metropolis. Mr Ben Kure, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, said this on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. He said that the agency had embarked on the ...

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Declaring victory in Congo’s Ebola epidemic too early – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned against declaring victory too early in Congo’s Ebola epidemic, in spite of encouraging signs that it may be brought under control. “The outbreak is stabilising, but still the outbreak is not over,” WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus told newsmen on a visit to Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa. “We are ...

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World Day Against Child Labour: No under-18 should be toiling – Ryder

Child labour

No child under the age of 18 should be toiling in mines, fields, factories and homes, carrying heavy loads or working long hours, the head of the UN labour agency said on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 marking the World Day Against Child Labour. “Many suffer lifelong physical and psychological consequences. Their very lives can be at risk,” said International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director-General, ...

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NiMet predicts cloudy skies, thunderstorms, isolated rains on Wednesday

cloudy weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy weather conditions over the Central States of the country on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 with prospect of isolated thunderstorms over Minna and Abuja axis during the morning hours. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Tuesday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 27 to ...

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Government to establish 300ha of woodlot in Gombe

Alhaji Salisu Dahiru

The Federal Government is to establish 300 hectares (ha) of woodlot in seven out of the 11 Local Government Areas of Gombe State. Mr Richard James, Communication Officer, Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), a World Bank assisted project of the Federal Ministry of Environment, disclosed this on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Kaltungo town of Kaltungo Local Government Area ...

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Cholera claims 75 lives in Kenya

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s health authorities on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 confirmed the death of 75 people from cholera in the past five months this year. Jackson Kioko, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, said that 4,954 people had been infected with the disease that was first reported in the country in January. “Nineteen counties have been affected, nine of these counties ...

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Six states benefit from EU sanitation scheme

Pernille Ironside

Six states in Nigeria are benefiting from the European Union Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project (WSSSRP) to improve access to water and sanitation in the country. The states are Anambra, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Osun and Yobe. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Mr Jonathan Ekhator, made this known in Awka, the Anambra ...

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WWF: Agriculture can deliver 30% of climate solutions by 2030

Manuel Pulgar Vidal

As part of the Global Climate Action Summit, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), together with a broad coalition of partners, on Monday, June 11, 2018 issued the 30X30 Forests, Food and Land Challenge: calling on businesses, states, city and local governments, and global citizens to take action for better forest and habitat conservation, food production and consumption, and ...

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