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N10bn green bond to ‘energise’ education

Solar panels

Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, says the Federal Government will spend N10.6 billion Green Bond to execute its Energising Education Programme. Jibril told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, October 25, 2018 on the sideline of the ministry’s preparation for the 12th National Council on Environment meeting that it would be executed through ...

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New coal investments may cost South Africans over R20bn

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

Newly appointed finance minister Tito Mboweni’s maiden speech in the current ‘technical recession’ will be a task to keep the country from succumbing to mounting pressure on the economy. is calling on the new finance minister to re-examine budget forecasts in Wednesday’s speech, and urge the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to commit to not financing the proposed ...

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How estate surveyors can boost rural development

Rowland Abonta

An estate surveyor and valuer is referred to in Nigeria as a professional member of NIESV (the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers) who is also registered and empowered by law through the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) to carry out property valuation tasks in the interest of the owner/prospective owner and the society. With ...

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Global Handwashing Day: Pupil commits to preaching hygiene message

Global Handwashing Day

Chiamaka Abraham is a hygiene hero from Ikom LGA, Cross River state, South-south Nigeria. She attends Holy Trinity Academy and she is eight years old. Chiamaka recently visited another school in her neighbourhood (PCN Primary School, Ikom) to talk about the importance of handwashing with soap or ash and the implication of not practicing handwashing at critical times. She demonstrated ...

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Poverty eradication, key to SDGs success

Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire

To successfully deliver on the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, conscious and strategic efforts must be made by leaders at public and private sectors to systematically address the perennial challenges of extreme poverty. The call was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, in her message to mark the International ...

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Germany ‘flags’ 15 highly polluted cities to EU

Angela Merkel

The German government said it had registered 15 cities with high pollution levels with the European Union. The city of Frankfurt is now included, German Chancellery Chief, Mr Helge Braun, said on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Braun said the country’s cabinet would decide on Nov. 7 on changes to the Emission Control Act, which regulated parts of German environmental law. ...

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Biosafety regulators in Ghana, Nigeria delivering legal mandates, say experts

Prof. Bosompem

The on-going debate on biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has, in recent times, been given a new twist focused on the public posture of National Biosafety Agencies in both Ghana and Nigeria. The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) of Nigeria and Ghana’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA) have been basically accused of reneging on their mandates to protect human health ...

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Prince Harry highlights threat of climate change in Fiji

Prince Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry said on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 that climate change was a daily threat for people of Fiji and announced scholarships to study the problem. Prince Harry made this known as he toured with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on a visit to the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, on the frontline of global warming. The royal ...

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National Parks are gene banks for genetic resources – Goni

Parks Service

Conservator General of the National Parks Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, has described the seven parks across the country as the Gene Bank of genetic resources. Gene banks are a type of biorepository which preserve genetic material. Goni disclosed this when some members of the Bikers Association paid him a courtesy call at the Service’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday. He ...

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Global Fund announces $660m grant to tackle three diseases in Nigeria

Isaac Adewole

The Global Fund, an international financing organisation, has announced an additional humanitarian grant of $660 million to tackle HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria epidemic in Nigeria. Its Executive Director, Mr Peter Sands, announced this at a news conference on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Abuja. Sands noted that the grant was expected to last for a three-year period to include more ...

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