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AFAN calls for extensive irrigation to complement seasonal farming in 2018

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Lagos State  Chapter, Mr Femi Oke, has called for the introduction of extensive irrigation for farmers to complement seasonal farming in 2018. Oke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 that farmers needed government’s encouragement to exploit irrigation and other aspects of agriculture value chain to ensure ...

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Goni urges Nigerians to promote green habitat

Ibrahim Goni

The Conservator-General, National Parks Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the attitude of greening their surroundings so as to boost healthy living. Goni, who gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 particularly underscored the need for Nigerians to plant trees to protect their environment. He said that the greening of ...

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Abe calls on committee on Ogoni cleanup to present its report in three weeks

Magnus Abe

Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South-East Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, has called on the committee on Ogoni clean up to present it’s report in  three weeks. Abe made the call in a statement signed by his Spokesman, Parry Benson, and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday. He had met with leaders of the Ogoni ethnic nationality ...

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Herdsmen kill over 20, injure over 30 in Benue


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said herdsmen killed over 20 persons between Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state. Ortom disclosed this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Makurdi, the state capital, after the State Security Meeting. He said that, out of the number, nine were Livestock Guards ...

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Communication and Development: Promoting science for sustainable livelihood

SDGs champions

Goal 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocates for equitable access to science, technology and innovation particularly in Less Developed Countries (LDCs). In this write-up, Coordinator, Journalists for Social Development Initiative (JSDI), Etta Michael Bisong chronicles what his organisation is doing to promote this goal and ensure sustainable living          What motivated the Science Café Science & technology has ...

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Community lauds anti-open grazing law in Benue


Some prominent residents of Mbakyoondu in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State have said that the Anti-Open Grazing Prohibition Law enacted in the state will guarantee security. The residents made the observation when Mr Terver Wever, Group Head, Real Estate and Infrastructure Development of Benue Investment and Property Company, hosted them on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 as part ...

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Impact of ECOWAS free movement treaty on Nigeria’s agric sector

Chief Audu Ogbeh

For a very long time, agriculture was the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. As a matter of fact, a lot of countries across the world depend solely on agriculture for their survival and sustenance. The importance of agriculture in Nigeria can never be over-emphasised, as agriculture still provides livelihoods for a larger percentage of the citizens. The determination of the ...

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Harmattan: Cost of dust mask rises in Kano

Dust haze weather

The price of dust mask has increased in Kano State following intense cold, harmattan dust and hazy conditions, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. A NAN correspondent who went round some markets in Kano, the state capital, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 found that a pack of 50 dust masks that cost between N450 and N500 before the harmattan ...

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China discovered 21 new amphibian, reptile species in 2017, says report

China amphibian species

A total of 21 new amphibian and reptile species as well as two new subspecies were discovered in China in 2017, according to a recent academic report. Amphibian is a cold-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that comprises the frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians while reptile is vertebrate animal of a class that includes snakes, lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and ...

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Schools in cholera-hit areas in Lusaka to remain closed

Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian Government on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 said schools in areas where there was a cholera outbreak in Lusaka, the country’s capital, would not reopen to avoid cross-contamination. Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya, stated this at a news conference in Lusaka. He said schools in all the areas cited as epicentres of the waterborne disease in the city would ...

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