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Investors seek to scale barriers as Nigeria eyes 20GW of electricity from solar

De-Risking Renewable Energy NAMA

In roughly 12 years’ time, Nigeria hopes to be producing a consideration portion of its power from renewable energy sources. Besides increasing the quantity of electricity on the national grid, it will curb emission and address the impact of climate change. This is the overall objective of a somewhat ambitious initiative being embarked upon by a team of stakeholders, who ...

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Togo urged to end use of dental amalgam by 2020

The Togolese government has been called upon to end the use of dental amalgam for children under 16, pregnant women and women who breastfeed by July 18, 2020. The call was made by a gathering of stakeholders comprising civil society groups, trade unions, and dentists in a resolution they arrived at following the close of a meeting held at the ...

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Exploring triumphs of community-based REDD+ programme in Nigeria

Nigeria REDD+

Nigeria is said to have one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, with less than 10 percent of the country forested. Since 2010, the UN-REDD Programme has provided support for the country’s ambitious efforts at forest conservation, climate change mitigation and community development. Cross River State, which has more than 50 percent of Nigeria’s remaining tropical high forests, ...

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Lagos alerts public of unauthorised enforcement officers

Babatunde Durosimi-Etti

The Lagos State Government has urged members of the public to be wary of the activities of unauthorised law enforcement officers. Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said in a statement on Friday, July 27, 2018 that the officers go about defrauding people, in the guise of environmental law enforcement. Durosinmi-Etti said that the government was perturbed by activities of ...

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World Hepatitis Day: Urgent increase in hepatitis testing, treatment needed – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners have called on countries to urgently increase hepatitis testing and treatment services in order to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The calls come in the lead-up to World Hepatitis Day 2018 to be observed on Saturday, July 28, The Day focuses on the theme: “Test.Treat.Hepatitis.” WHO Director-General, Dr ...

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Nigerian farmers to access GM cotton as government endorses two varieties


Cotton farmers in Nigeria may have been given a lifeline following the official registration of two Bt Cotton varieties known as MRC 7377 BG 11 and MRC7361 BG11 by the National Committee on Naming, Registration and Release of Crop Materials. The Director/CEO National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, disclosed in Abuja on Thursday, July 26, 2018 that the ...

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Edo moves to curb destruction of forest reserves


The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has constituted a taskforce to halt the destruction of forest reserves in the state. Obaseki announced in Benin, the state capital, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 that the constitution of the taskforce was to find an immediate end to the alarming rate of depletion of the state’s forest resources. According to him, ...

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Tunisia to use drones for data collection in agricultural sector


Tunisia and the African Development Bank (AFDB) have signed an agreement for the launch of a pilot project to use drones for data collection to enhance management of agricultural projects in the country. The project, to be implemented over the next 10 months, would receive technical management and assistance from South Korea, Minister Zied Laadhari announced during the signing ceremony on ...

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Cape Verde water scheme saves communities, transforms livelihoods of women

Cape Verde

A water irrigation and supply system funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) has transformed the lives of rural farming communities in Cape Verde’s Santiago Island, sparing farmers grueling treks of up to 20 kilometres to fetch water for farming and daily use. Santiago Island, Cape Verde’s largest and most important agricultural centre, depends on water for its survival, but ...

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Why African nations don’t jointly address environmental issues, by experts

Great Green Wall

Despite environmental issues being transboundary in nature, countries in Africa appear not to be working together as one to address inherent challenges. This turned out to be the view of majority of the stakeholders sampled by EnviroNews. Common transboundary environmental issues facing African countries include sea level rise, coastal erosion, desertification, drought, pollution and illegal mining, among others. “African nations ...

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