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AfDB vows to transform African Savannah into global food basket

Jennifer Blanke

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is championing a new regional and global effort to transform the African Savannah from a “Sleeping Giant” to the cradle of the continent’s green revolution. “This sleeping giant needs to wake up,” the bank’s Vice-President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke, told an audience at a 2018 World Food Prize side event in Des ...

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Niger approves N300m to address erosion, flooding

Abubakar Sani Bello

The Niger State Government has approved the release of N300 million to the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) as counterpart funding to help address gully erosion and flooding challenges in the state. Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger disclosed this on Friday, October 26, 2018 when Malam Salisu Dahiru, the National Project Coordinator, NEWMAP, came on a courtesy visit ...

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Government tasked on emissions reduction, control

Generator Pollution

An ecologist, Mr Richard Inyamkume, has urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts on the implementation of national policies that would reduce emissions in different sectors. Inyamkume, who is also the Executive Director, Ambassadors of Dialogue, Climate and Reintegration, an NGO, gave this advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, October 26, 2018. ...

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Kerala releases plan to contain antibiotic resistance

Pinarayi Vijayan

The state of Kerala in India has released an action plan to contain antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It is the first state in the country to do so. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Friday, October 26, 2018 in a statement welcomed the Kerala Antimicrobial Resistance Strategic Action Plan (KARSAP), which was released by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of ...

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Nigeria drafts Plastic Management Policy

Plastic bottle scavengers

To cut the tide of proliferation of plastic waste materials in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Environment is preparing a new National Plastic Management policy. Minister of State for Environment, Mr Ibrahim Jibrin, made this known at the 2018 National Health Advancement Conference organised by Help Keep Clean Foundation on Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Abuja. The minister was represented ...

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Buhari to declare emergency on water, sanitation

Muhammadu Buhari

The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, on Thursday, October 24, 2018 said that President Muhammadu Buhari would declare a state of emergency on water and sanitation come November 8. Adamu made the disclosure during the Special Town Hall Meeting of the Federal Government held at Emeritus Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall of University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo ...

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ERA attributes incessant pipeline disasters to nation’s fossil-fuels dependence

pipeline explosion

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has blamed Nigeria’s reliance on fossil fuels for the unrelenting oil spill-related incidents across the country, the recent one involving over 50 persons incinerated when a pipeline belonging to the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) in Umuode Community in Aba, Abia State, exploded. The incident occurred at Umuimo and Umuaduru ...

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ITB clamours digitisation of construction industry

Ramzi Chidiac

The Lagos-based ITB Construction Nigeria Limited has called for the digitisation of the construction industry in the country. Managing Director of ITB, Mr. Ramzi Chidiac, made the call recently at the firm’s office on Victoria Island. Chidiac noted that digital technology would foster the growth of the construction industry, minimise project delays, reduce the occurrence of accidents, and guarantee cost effective ...

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CODE secures media commitment on Conflict and Fragility Project in Niger Delta


Connected Development (CODE) has secured a working relationship with the media for its policy advocacy activities on the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAPBHR). The development emerged after following a two-day roundtable in Abuja for the media on the organisation’s campaigns around the NAPBHR in the oil and gas sector, especially as it affects host communities and ...

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Ivonne Higuero named new CITES Secretary-General

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

An environmental economist, Ms. Ivonne Higuero, has been named as the new Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). She replaces John E. Scanlon, who left the position on Friday, April 6, 2018 after eight years in service. Scanlon has taken on the role of Special Envoy for African Parks. With ...

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