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Farmers call for more government support to boost production


Farmers, under the aegis of Zero Hunger Commodities, have called for increased support from the Federal Government to enable farmers to engage in massive food production across the country. They made the call in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of their recent meeting in Abuja. Dr Tunde Arosanyin, the National Coordinator of Zero Hunger ...

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Providing solutions to housing deficit


The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) initiated the National Housing Fund (NHF) scheme to facilitate the provision of houses to Nigerians and bridge the housing deficit. NHF is a pool which mobilises long-term funds from Nigerian workers, banks, insurance companies and Federal Government to advance loans at a single-digit interest rate to its contributors. With the NHF scheme, workers ...

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Physician warns against use of cotton buds, others


An Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Prof. Titus Ibekwe, on Thursday, January 4, 2018 urged the general public to desist from using cotton buds, pen cover, car keys, among others to clean their ear. Ibekwe, who is with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that such practices were harmful to the ...

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Malaysian urban planner, Sharif, replaces Clos as UN-Habitat boss

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Following nomination by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the General Assembly on December 22, 2017 elected Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). She succeeds Joan Clos of Spain to whom the Secretary-General says he is grateful for his dedicated service to the organisation. Dr. Clos led UN-Habitat during the pivotal ...

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2017: Issues that earned mention in environment circles (2)

Lekki flood

Year 2017 was another important year to the environment sector. While there were several efforts at both national and global levels towards effectively managing the environment to prevent natural and human-induced environmental disasters that threaten human health, agriculture, water resources and other sectors of the economy, there were also scores of disasters recorded  that tried to undermine the efforts made ...

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How EU MRV project has impacted Nigeria, by Jibril

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The European Union-sponsored (EU) measurement/monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) Project has helped Nigeria strengthen the foundation of her work in climate change MRV, and further prepare the country to measure, monitor, verify progress towards meeting international commitments. The initiative has likewise helped to show the government and people how Nigeria is progressing towards adapting to and mitigating climate change. Environment ...

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NiMet predicts moderate dust haze weather for Thursday

Dust haze weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted moderate dust haze weather conditions in visibility range of two to three kilometres over the Central States of the country on Thursday, January 4, 2018. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office (CFO), on Wednesday in Abuja, also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 25 to 34 and 10 ...

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Group seeks to generate power, produce fertiliser from abattoir waste

Karu Abattoir

The Karu Abattoir in Abuja has been fitted with a Net-zero/Low Carbon Biogas Digester to enable the generation of electricity and heat, as well as the production of organic fertiliser. Promoted by the African Environmental Action Network (EANet-Africa), the ground-breaking ceremony of the facility held on December 14, 2017. Co-founder of EANet-Africa, Dr Victor Fodeke, described the initiative as an ...

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Benue massacre: Speaker blames government, police for negligence

Terkimbi Ikyange

Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange (Ushongo/APC), has blamed the recent massacre of Benue people by Fulani herdsmen on the inability of the Federal Government to take threats by the Cattle Breeders Association serious. According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr Bem Abunde and availed EnviroNews, Mr Ikyange stated this while ...

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France, Ireland, Britain battered by Storm Eleanor

Storm Eleanor

Storm Eleanor struck Ireland, parts of Britain and northern France overnight into Wednesday, January 3, 2018 bringing with it flooded streets, fallen trees and power cuts. Some 200,000 households were left without power across northern France as of 9 am (0800 GMT), electricity network company Enedis said. Two thousand of its staff were at work to restore the supply. Around ...

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