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650m people will not have electricity access by 2030


There has been encouraging progress towards achieving universal access to electricity: 89% of the global population has access to electricity, compared to 1 billion in 2016 and 1.2 billion in 2010. But progress is uneven across regions. Despite improvements, an estimated 650 million people will not have electricity access by 2030. Photo credit: More people have access to electricity ...

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Maida: Linking humanitarian assistance to development

ICEED trains solar technicians

The Maida programme is building livelihood and dismantling energy poverty in Borno State. Launched  in 2018 with financial support from the European Commission (EU), the programme aligns with the  EU’s  overall objective of building the resilience of conflict affected people and communities in Borno State in an environment-friendly way. Some of the solar technicians during the training Maida as a ...

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Developing human capital for achieving sustainable investment, development

Lekan Fadina

In March  2017 the then Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Patricia Espinosa Espinosa while speaking at the opening of the President of the General Assembly High Level Event Climate Change and Sustainable Development Agenda in New York noted that “the Sustainable Development and Climate  Change are inherently linked by action we take looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximise the ...

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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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