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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Osinbajo wants local technologies to deal with climate change issues

Yemi Osinbajo

The development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate technologies remain the best solution to climate change challenges, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said. The Office of the Vice-President said Osinbajo made the statement on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the inauguration of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre (NCIC) situated at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Lagos ...

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‘Indiscriminate dumping of wastes harmful to health’

Waste disposal

The Irepodun Local Government Authority in Kwara State on Sunday, August 5, 2018 expressed concern on the dangers associated with indiscriminate dumping of waste in public places on human and the environment. Mrs Mary Abejide, Head, Environmental Unit at the council, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran that the sad development was posing great risk to the remote ...

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GMO in Nigeria: At last, science has prevailed

Bt. Cotton

The greatest global challenge today, especially in Africa is how to make our food more sustainable by 2050. In Nigeria, as in many other African countries, food security and nutrition remain a critical challenge. Production constraints like inversion of insects/pests and diseases, inadequate rainfall and poor quality of agricultural input are some of the major contributors to low agricultural output. Despite the ...

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Ecologist calls for improved renewable energy initiatives

ADB-rooftop solar

An environmentalist, Mr David Michael, on Sunday, August 5, 2018 urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in increasing the production and supply of renewable energy in the country. Michael, who is also an Executive Director, Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation, an NGO, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in ...

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Farmers urged to embrace dry season farming


An Agriculture Extension Officer, Mr Joseph Aboyeji, has advised farmers in the country to embrace dry season farming as a way of improving production and increase their income. Aboyeji gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara on Sunday, August 5, 2018. He also said that ...

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Government approves agency for robotics, AI for southeast

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of an agency on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) for the southeast. Onu revealed this at a grand rally of the All Progressives Congress in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State. The rally which received defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party, was attended by the ...

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Cape Town oil, power conference to showcase African energy

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

The Africa Oil & Power (AOP) has concluded arrangements to host Secretary Generals of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and the International Energy Forum at the 3rd Annual flagship conference. The conference, scheduled to hold from September 5 to 7, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa, will host top-level discussions as the energy ...

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Ebola cases in DR Congo ‘will rise in coming days’ – WHO

Peter Salama

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alarm that cases from the resurgent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are expected to rise in the coming days. WHO’s Deputy Director General of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Dr Peter Salama, said in Geneva that there had been around 20 deaths because of the Ebola virus. Salama ...

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Cities must move faster to meet 2030 SDG targets, says report


Local and national authorities are making uneven progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 of making cities safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable by 2030. That is the conclusion of a new report by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and partners tracking the progress made since the SDGs were adopted in 2015 and the challenges encountered. It coincided ...

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River basins directed to begin routine dredging of rivers

Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Government has directed River Basin Development Authorities to embark on routine dredging of rivers and water channels to boost agriculture. Alhaji Sulieman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, gave the directive on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Wachakal, Yobe State, while launching the dredging of the Kumadugu-Yobe tributary. He said the measure became necessary to meet the target of President Muhammadu ...

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