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How middlemen undermine Nigeria’s food security programme

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Some stakeholders have decried activities of middlemen in the agricultural production, saying they are undermining the efforts of the Federal Government in the food value chain aimed at achieving food security. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) National Survey on “the Excesses of Middlemen in the Food Value Chain in Nigeria’’ ...

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Environmental risk management goals for oil and gas sector launched

OGEES Institute

Stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas sector have adopted a comprehensive set of commitments and targets that aim to enhance environmental risk management in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. L-R: Dr. Peter Oniemola of CPEEL Ibadan, Dr Marvin Dekil of HYPREP, Sen. Magnus Abe, Prof. Damilola Olawuyi of OGEES Institute, Obinna Chidoka of the House of Representatives and ...

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New Forest Management Policy Guidelines underway

Ibukun Odusote

The Federal Government is working on new National Forest Management Policy Guidelines that would promote equitable management of the nation’s forest in such a manner that the harvest of timber and non-timber products does not have any adverse effects on the forest’s biodiversity, productivity and ecological process. Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environmet, Mrs Ibukun Odusote Permanent Secretary in the ...

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Africa Day: Countries demand fossil fuel-free continent

Landry Ninteretse

To commemorate the 2019 Africa Day, Africans in their thousands, from all walks of life have united and gathered in more than 20 countries on the continent to show their support in the continual fight against fossil fuels and advocate for climate justice. Landry Ninteretse Since its origins, Africa Day has been a symbol of aspiration for self-determination against the exploitation ...

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CSOs write Senate, seek passage of tobacco regulations

Dr Bukola Saraki

Forty-eight groups on the platform of the Africa Tobacco Control Civil Society Organisations have written to the Nigerian Senate asking it to adopt strong Tobacco Control Regulations to protect the present and future generation of Nigerians from the dire health and socio-economic consequences of tobacco use. Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki In a letter dated May 21, 2019, the groups ...

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Botswana lifts ban on big game hunting


Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, says it has lifted a ban on big game hunting. Botswana is home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants. Photo credit: Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, held a news conference on Thursday, May 23, 2019 to give details of the laws and regulations ...

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Biodiversity Day: Rapid urbanisation threatening Lagos biodiversity

Lagos Lagoon

The Lagos State Government says the biodiversity of the state is being threatened by rapid urbanisation and associated factors. A land reclamation scheme by the Lagos State Government off the Lagos Lagoon Mr Abiodun Bamgboye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, said on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 that stakeholders should act quickly and positively to forestall further devastation. Biodiversity or ...

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Putting sustainability first in Nigeria’s redevelopment

Sustainable building

Nigeria has a lot of infrastructure and housing stock in dire need of renovation. However, with climate change looming and promising to have its impact on all aspects of life, scrutiny has fallen over many developments. The government, along with business and citizens, needs to find ways to develop in a sustainable manner In April, this was exemplified by the ...

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Africa’s certified forest least in the world, study reveals

Nigeria REDD+

The total area of forest certified in Africa is less compared to other regions of the world, a study that was released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 reveals. Forest certified in Africa is the least compared to other regions of the world. Photo credit: UNDP Cambodia/Chansok Lay/Oddar Meanchey The study that was initiated in 2017 found out that 7,684,980 hectares ...

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Campaigners want legislators to resist industry overtures over tobacco law

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) have urged the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to resist on-going attempts by the tobacco industry to truncate the passage of the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations. The Nigeria National Assembly Complex, Abuja The groups, in a statement ...

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