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Erosion threatens Awka hotel, judiciary buildings with collapse

Erosion Awka

The Grand Riviera, a popular three-star hotel in Awka, Anambra State, is facing imminent collapse due to gully erosion occasioned by rainfalls, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The hotel, the Anambra High Court which is beside it, and the Federal High Court which is a few metres away, are all being threatened by erosion. NAN reports that the ...

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Pollination can improve agric yields by 90%, say bee keepers

Bee pollination

Some bee keepers and farmers have said that beekeeping and pollination activities could improve agricultural yields by 90 per cent and contribute to food security in Nigeria. The farmers, who gave the advice at a media engagement with Api-Exposition Africa 2018 Organising Committee in Abuja on Saturday, September 1, 2018 said that beekeeping could also provide employment opportunities for youths. ...

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Nigeria reaffirms $6.7b northeast reconstruction, rehabilitation, resettlement plan


The Federal Government says it has developed a N6.7 billion robust plan of action for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement of northeast devastated by Boko Haram activities. Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, said this at a side event tagged “Strengthening the Humanitarian and Development Partnership in the Lake Chad Region” at the UN headquarters in New ...

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Future leaders make their mark at World Water Week


The younger generations appear to be on a mission to take the lead globally, as evident during 2018 World Water Week that closed on Friday, August 31. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the World Water Week, believed to be the world’s leading annual water event, attracted over 3,600 participants from 133 countries who attended nearly 300 sessions. ...

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NEMA tasks disaster management agencies on coordination


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for stronger synergy among disaster stakeholders for easy coordination of activities during emergencies. The NEMA Coordinator, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made the call in Owerri, Imo State, on Saturday, September 1, 2018 during a meeting of disaster management stakeholders. The meeting was organised by NEMA in collaboration with Imo State ...

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Kenya, World Bank to partner on affordable homes

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya plans to partner with the World Bank to increase supply of affordable houses, Charles Mwaura, the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, said on Friday, August 31, 2018. Mwaura said the Kenya government would provide $20 million while the World Bank will provide $160 million as seed capital for the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company (KMRC). ...

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Climate change: Pest-induced crop losses in Europe could double

Swarm of locusts

Wheat, maize, and rice yields, particularly in northern climates, are projected to fall as insects in temperate regions thrive in a warmer climate, a new research has shown. The study, which was published on Friday, August 31, 2018 in the journal Science, models increases in insect populations and their metabolic rates in a warmer world, and projects a 50 to 100 ...

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WHO collaborates with government, Lagos to address TB scourge

Isaac Adewole

A National Summit on Public-Private Partnership for Tuberculosis (TB) Control in Nigeria will kick off on Monday, August 3, 2018 to discuss how to effectively engage the private sector in efforts to end the menace of Tuberculosis (TB), which kills 18 Nigerians every hour. Some 47 Nigerians are said to develop active TB, seven of which are children, every hour. The ...

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