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Gully erosion severs Nkpor-Nnobi Road in Anambra

Gully erosion

Gully erosion has severed the Nkpor-Nnobi Road, a major road which links Onitsha and environs with Nnobi, Nnewi and other parts of the southern part of Anambra State. The road was built during the Dr Chris Ngige administration. NAN reports that the gully erosion is few metres from the Ideani junction end of the busy road on the Nnobi bound lane. ...

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6,000 still stranded, over 1m in camps in flood-hit Indian state

Kerala

Authorities and military on Monday, August 20, 2018 stepped up rescue and relief efforts in the flood-ravaged India’s state of Kerala, where an estimated 6,000 people remained stranded in the worst-hit areas. Over a million people are being housed in relief camps. Authorities opened a naval airbase for commercial flights in the state’s busiest city of Kochi to help with ...

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Delta holds public hearing on urban renewal, regional planning bill

Asaba, Delta State

The Delta State House of Assembly Joint Committee on Urban Renewal, Lands, Survey and Urban Development on Monday, August 20, 2018 welcomed views from the general public at a hearing on a bill for urban renewal and regional planning in the state. The committee Chairman, Mr Oboro Preyor, said the bill would provide for the administration of urban and regional ...

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ERA flays renewal of Shell mining license in Ogoniland

ERA-Ogoni-UNEP

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has condemned the Federal Government’s renewal of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Oil Mining License in Ogoniland which expires in 2019 despite the opposition of the Ogoni communities. In a statement issued by ERA/FoEN’s Head, Media & Campaigns in Lagos, Philip Jakpor, the group described the decision which comes seven years ...

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Europe’s oldest gorilla, Fritz, put to sleep

Fritz the gorilla

Fritz the gorilla at 55, the oldest of his kind in Europe, was euthanised on Monday, August 20, 2018 after becoming increasingly weaker in the past few days, the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany has said. Fritz, born in Cameroon in 1963, was given to the zoo in southern Germany in November 1970 and had been a real character, it added. The ...

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Nigeria ratifies International Cocoa Agreement

Cocoa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 20, 2018 in Abuja signed the Instrument of Accession to the International Cocoa Agreement, 2010. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who confirmed this in a statement in Abuja, said the signing of the Agreement followed its approval by the Federal Executive Council. According to him, ...

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Agriculture holds key to solve youth unemployment in Africa – Experts

Jose Graziano da Silva

Experts on Monday, August 20, 2018 said encouraging and supporting African young people to venture into agriculture and agri-business can potentially create wealth and address youth unemployment on the continent. They spoke at the opening of the Africa youth event in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, dubbed: “Youth Employment in Agriculture as a solid solution to ending hunger and poverty in Africa.” Rwanda ...

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Nigeria to join global Green List Programme on environment

FMEnv Retreat

The Federal Government says it is on the processes of joining the global Green List Programme for Conservation and Protected Areas (GLPCA), an International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to achieve biodiversity. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator General, National Parks Service (NPK) disclosed this at a stakeholders’ workshop on Monday, August 20, 2018 in Abuja. He said, “The ...

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World Mosquito Day: U.S. reaches 570m people in 24 countries

Malaria-anopheles

On World Mosquito Day, the U.S. Government says it has reached 570 million people in 24 “malaria endemic” countries with malaria treatment and prevention services. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on its official Twitter handle on Monday, August 20, 2018 stated that it had been able to reach countries through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Using the #WorldMosquitoDay hashtag, the USAID added ...

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World Mosquito Day: Group sensitises Kaduna destitutes on malaria prevention

Malaria-anopheles

The Women-for-Women Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, on Sunday, August 19, 2018 began the sensitisation of Almajiris and other destitutes in Kaduna on ways to prevent malaria and other diseases caused by an unclean environment. Chairperson of the foundation, Dr Maryam Abubakar, said the campaign was part of activities designed by the organisation to mark the 2018 World Mosquito Day. She ...

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