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World Refugee Day: UNHCR chief laments growing number of refugees worldwide

Cameroonian refugees

The High Commissioner, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Mr Philipo Grandi, has expressed worry that about 68.5 million people were currently living around the world as refugees. Grandi stated this in his address on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 to mark the World Refugee Day at Anyake, Ikyurav-ya in Menev District, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, the ...

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World Refugee Day: UN chief urges ‘compassion’

Antonio Guterres

With more than 68 million people worldwide displaced due to conflict or persecution, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for unity and solidarity as a first step to support them. Guterres, who made the appeal in a message for the World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, said the number of refugees was roughly equivalent to the population of Thailand. The ...

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World Refugee Day: 68.5m people displaced globally – UNHCR

Filippo Grandi

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, said the number of people forced to flee their homes in 2017 rose to 68.5 million, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”. Grandi also said nearly three million more people were displaced year-on-year, citing ongoing, protracted violence around the globe and a lack of solutions to conflicts as reasons ...

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Anti-erosion agency to resettle displaced households in Anambra

Erosion Anambra State

The Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has promised to resettle households of three communities in Anambra State that will be displaced in the course of rehabilitation on erosion sites. Dr Odili Ojukwu, a consultant to NEWMAP in Anambra State, gave the assurance on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at a stakeholders’ meeting held with representatives of the communities in ...

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Government urged to play pivotal role in waste recycling

Waste recycling

An environmentalist, Lolade Oresanwo, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 urged the Federal Government to play a pivotal role to driving waste recycling activities in the country. Oresanwo, the co-founder of West Africa Energy, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that improved waste recycling would facilitate efforts to combat plastic pollution and other environmental hazards in the country. “The ...

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NiMet predicts bumper harvests in Jigawa


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) says farmers in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, may record bumper harvest due to the projected rainfall patterns in its Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) for 2018. Malam Muhammad Abdullahi, State Manager of NiMet, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. He said that the ...

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Modern biotechnology labelled a vital need by Ghana

Victor Agyeman

Are you among the cross section of Ghanaians who believe that “GMOs are evil,” “GMOs are very bad,” “GMOs are manufactured by the whites and targeted at Africans to kill us in order to reduce our population,” “the production of GMOs is part of the satanic agenda to keep humans under bondage,” and therefore should not be allowed in the ...

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My Pacific Northwest Earthcorps journey (2)

Adnane crew members, EarthCorps

It was an interesting week seeing new places, meeting new people, using different tools and having a first-hand practical experience in the field. EarthCorps is a place to be if you’re hungry of having a lasting impact in the community and the people around you. The work we do create an enabling environment for both the fauna and flora to ...

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Group raises alarm over open defecation at Abuja IDPs camps


The Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) has raised an alarm over continuous practice of open defecation in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at Dagban and Wassa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Mr Benson Attah, the National Coordinator of NEWSAN, expressed the fear on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Abuja when he led other members of the group on ...

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150,000 Nigerian children born with sickle cells disease annually – Don

Isaac Adewole

Consultant Hematologist with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, Prof. Aliyu Babadoko, said on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 that 150,000 Nigeria children were born with sickle cells disease annually. Babadoko made the disclosure while presenting a paper during the World Sickle Day celebration at Kaduna State University (KADSSU) main campus in Kaduna. The don, at the programme jointly ...

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