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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Tale of woe as floods ravage the nation

Nigeria flood

The raging flood, which has affected at least 12 states across the country, remains worrisome not only to the victims but also the government, as Rivers Niger and Benue continue to rise in volume, according to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The current flood pattern, which experts say has shown indices of a similar natural disaster of 2012 in many ...

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Probability of earthquake recurrence in Nigeria very high

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The probability of recurrence of earthquakes in the very near future is high in Nigeria. This disclosure was made on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Abuja by Prof. Seidu Muhammed, chairman, Technical Committee on Earth Tremor, while submitting a report on the recent tremor in the federal capital city to Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology. Prof. ...

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Half of world’s poor are children, says UN

Water

Half of those living in poverty around the world are under 18 years of age, according to UN data released on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The UN said that the data was based on a multidimensional poverty index compiled by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). It said that 1.3 billion people ...

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Why next board meeting is crucial to charting climate progress, by GCF

Green Climate Fund

Lennart Båge and Paul Oquist, co-chairs of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board, are looking forward to the upcoming B.21 Board meeting, which holds from October 17 to 20, 2018 in Bahrain, saying that it is crucial to charting the organisation’s progress in meeting climate challenge. Decision on numerous funding proposals, a review of the Fund’s performance, and the selection ...

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Exxon, Chevron, others to join competitors in climate initiatives

Chevron Nigeria Office

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum are joining a group of international oil and gas giants in an initiative aimed at curbing carbon emissions in the sector, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The move marks a u-turn for the top two U.S. oil and gas producers which had resisted joining the Oil and ...

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Conflicts, climatic shocks aggravate food insecurity in countries – FAO

Jose Graziano da Silva

Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Some 39 countries, 31 of which are in Africa, seven in Asia and ...

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Group organises nationwide cleanup to celebrate Independence Day

Clean-up

An environmental group, African Cleanup Initiative (ACI), has launched a cleanup project tagged “Green Independence Cleanup” or GIC to celebrate the Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day. Mr Alex Akhigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer and Co-founder of ACI, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday, September 20, 2018. He said that the cleanup project, ...

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Government tasked on renewable energy

solar street lighting

A renewable energy expert, Mr Yakubu Ikerodah, on Thursday, September 20, 2018 urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for the spread of renewable energy. Ikerodah, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Abuja-based Joyak Janaiva Energy Solution Ltd, gave the advice during the donation of solar street lighting to Ughiekha community in South-Ibie, Etsako West Local ...

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Russia creates new powder vaccine against Ebola

Veronika Skvortsova

The Russian health care ministry has got a new dry powder vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus disease, Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova, said on Thursday, September 20, 2018. “We have created a new form of Ebola vaccine in powder,’’ Skvortsova said at a meeting with Djene Kaba Conde, the spouse of the president of Guinea, on the sidelines of the ...

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Government urged to allow 100% private sector participation in power sector

Babatunde-Fashola

Some stakeholders on Thursday, September 20, 2018 urged the Federal Government to allow private investors’ full operation of the power sector to boost effectiveness and enhance economic growth. The stakeholders suggested in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos against the backdrop of the enormous challenges confronting the country’s power sector. Mr Adekunle Sofunde, Chairman, Solatek Engineering ...

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