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Pollution: Society seeks legislation on environmental degradation

Prof. Peters Etete

The Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) has appealed to the National Assembly to enact law that would curb unwholesome activities of oil companies about environmental degradation. Prof. Peters Etete, the National President of the society, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Abuja. He spoke on sidelines of the ...

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Group launches movement to eliminate neglected tropical diseases in Africa

Speak Up Africa

At the first Galien Forum Africa held from November 27 to 28, 2018, the policy and advocacy action tank, “Speak Up Africa”, launched a multisectoral platform designed to accelerate the elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Africa. NTDs are a group of communicable diseases that affect 1.58 billion people globally, 39% of whom live in Africa. Even though these ...

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Brazil withdraws offer to host UN climate change conference

Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil has withdrawn its offer to host a UN climate change summit in 2019, amid international concern that president-elect Jair Bolsonoro’s policies could speed up the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The decision was based on budget restrictions and the transition in government, according to a government statement quoted by O Globo newspaper on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The decision ...

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Lawal to speak at AU High-Level Dialogue on Democracy

Hamzat Lawal

Earlier this year, the African Union during its 30th Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, declared 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year. This recognised the need to stifle corruption in its forms of manifestation if the continent must move forward in economic fronts, social development and deliver shared prosperity. To achieve this, African Union ...

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Why climate change bill is yet to become law

Samuel Onuigbo

It has been a rather long and rough road for the Climate Change Bill in Nigeria as it seems yet to reach Mr President’s desk for assent even after scaling the first, second and third readings at the Senate, following passage by the House of Representative in November 2017. The Climate Change Bill seeks to provide a legal framework for ...

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Netherlands urges Nigeria to expedite action on Ogoni cleanup

Robert Petri and Marvin Dekil

The Netherland Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Robert Petri, has urged the Federal Government to immediately commence the cleanup exercise of Ogoniland before the 2019 general elections. Petri made the call on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 during a fact-finding mission to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He said immediate action on the cleanup would ...

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Campaigners advocate shift to renewables in ‘life after oil’

Godwin Uyi Ojo

Groups participating in the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) 11th National Environmental Congress (NEC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State have advocated a shift from fossil fuels to life after oil built on renewable energy. The NEC, which had “Post Extractivism: Energy Democracy for National Development” as its theme, brought together representatives of civil society, community groups, labour ...

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COP24 described as moment for nations to reckon with climate change reality

Jens Mattias Clausen

The 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the moment for governments to reckon with the reality of climate change, coming as it does two months after the IPCC report on 1.5C, the Climate Action Network (CAN) has said. The disclosure was made as CAN briefed media ...

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Government approves N9.6bn for 11 ecological projects in Abuja, nine states


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 approved N9.6 billion for 11 ecological intervention projects across the country. Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council’s meeting held at the ...

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Buhari convenes meeting of leaders of Lake Chad Basin Commission

Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Chairman of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), is to convene a consultation of Heads of State and Government of the LCBC. Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja, said ...

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