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Africa requires bold leadership to eradicate Ebola – ECA

Giovanie Biha

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Africa requires bold leadership at different tiers of government and society. ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovanie Biha Ms Giovani Biha, the Deputy Executive Director, said this in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a meeting to share information with member States on EVD, preparedness, vaccines and therapeutics. ...

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Nigeria among leaders in renewable energy – Fashola

Babatunde Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says Nigeria is a continental and global leader in renewable energy. Babatunde Raji Fashola at the event in Lagos Fashola made the assertion on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Lagos during the second edition of the annual BRF Gabfest, tagged “BRF2GABFEST” organised by some youth groups in his honour. The ...

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Kill a python and go to jail, warns zookeeper


Manager of the Imo State Zoological Garden, Dr Francis Abioye, has cautioned Nigerians against killing protected animals including reptiles like python, saying doing so would attract jail term. Python Abioye gave the warning on Thursday, February 21, 2019 when he mobilised members of the zoo task force to arrest a resident of Nekede autonomous community in Owerri West Local Government ...

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Experts proffer solutions to Africa’s population growth challenges

Nigeria Population

The Africa Progress Group (APG) on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 organised an International Roundtable to analyse and proffer solutions to the challenges posed by the increasing population growth rate in the region. Nigeria’s population is said to be equivalent to 2.55% of the total world population The Roundtable, which was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, ...

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Utilising weather forecast to boost agriculture


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) predicts a below-normal-rainfall, dwindling amount and duration in many parts of the country in 2019. Farming In its 2019 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP), NiMet calls 2019 El-Nino where rainfall deficit with varying magnitude is expected for most parts of the country. Observers, therefore, posit that the pattern of rainfall can affect food production except there ...

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Boosting production of leaves to phase out polythene

Wrapping leaf

Scientists have warned on many occasions that the use of plastic materials, especially to wrap food, is harmful to human health and the environment. The wrapping leave They call for the training of farmers in leaves cultivation to boost the production of wrapping leaves to phase-out the use of polythene bags. Mrs Nnenna Didigu, an environmentalist and the Executive Director, ...

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Germany launches funding programme to restore floodplains

Svenja Schulze

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment has disclosed that it is launching a new funding programme for the natural development of floodplains along federal waterways. Government says that this is to develop a biotope network of national importance, a “Blue Ribbon”, through the country. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze River, shore and floodplain are to be networked with each other ...

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UNEA-4: World zeroes in on solutions for the future

Siim Kiisler

The 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), which is the fourth in the series, will zero in on the twin themes of innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organiser of the event, has said. The body says the global forum will inspire nations, private sector players and individuals to #SolveDifferent ...

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Government investigates alleged trafficking of pangolin scales, ivory tusks

Ivory trafficking

The Nigerian government has initiated investigations into the seizure by the Vietnamese Customs Service‎ of over 2,500 kilogrammes of pangolin scales and 600 kilogrammes of ivory tusks. Also being investigated are seizures by the Hong Kong Custom Service of 8,200 kilogrammes of pangolin scales and 2,000 kilogrammes of ivory said to have originated from the Apapa seaport in Lagos. Ivory trafficking. Photo credit: Minister of ...

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Women worst-hit by impact of climate change – Experts

Women farmers

Experts have called for concerted efforts from the international communities, regional bodies and other stakeholders to manage risks of climate change on women. Climate change impacts on smallholder and subsistence women farmers They made the call at a session on “Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Climate Change and Security’’ at the Planetary Security Conference at the Hague. The experts insisted ...

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