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Population Day: Nigeria has about 198m people, says Commission

Nigeria Population

Director General of the National Population Commission (NPoPC), Dr Ghaji Bello, has said the Commission will use electronic enumeration method to determine the actual population of Nigeria. Nigeria’s population is said to be equivalent to 2.55% of the total world population Bello said in Abuja on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 that Nigeria presently has an estimated population of about 198 ...

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N500m earth dam water scheme in Edo to be completed in 2020


The Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority says the ongoing construction of an earth dam at Otuo in the Owan-East Local Government Area of Edo State will be completed and ready for use by year 2020. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State Mr Saliu Ahmed, the Managing Director of the authority, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Auchi in ...

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Population Day: People-oriented programmes can curb population explosion – DevComs

Mini Town Hall

An NGO, Development Communications Network (DevComs), says effective people-oriented programmes can curb population explosion in Nigeria. People-oriented programmes enable community leaders and representatives bare their minds on issues affecting their welfare. Photo credit: AMPLIFY/Awede Taiwo Mr Akin Jimoh, Director, DevComs Programme, made the assertion on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Lagos in commemoration of the World Population Day marked annually ...

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Govt intensifies campaign to curb open defecation

A school toilet for girls

The Federal Government says it has embarked on strategic awareness programmes toward eradicating the menace of open defecation that has become prevalent in many parts of the country. A school toilet for girls Mrs Comfort Ekaro, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, announced this during the inaugural meeting of the Planning Committee for the National Launch of the Clean ...

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Niger communities urged to steer clear of flood plains

Flood plain

The North South Power Company Ltd. (NSPCL) in Niger State has called on communities living around the dam to steer clear of flood plains. Flood plain The call was made in a communiqué at the end of the 2019 stakeholders flood sensitisation and awareness forum organised by NSPCL in Shiroro Local Government Area on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Minna, the ...

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Climate change threatens progress across sustainable development, warns report

The impacts of climate change and increasing inequality across and within countries are undermining progress on the sustainable development agenda, threatening to reverse many of the gains made over the last decades that have improved people’s lives, warns the United Nations’ latest report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Climate change is said to be threatening progress across sustainable development ...

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GCF approves $267m for climate action, agrees decision-making procedures

GCF Board Meeting

The 23rd meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board approved 10 new projects and agreed procedures for adopting decisions if all efforts at reaching consensus have been exhausted. Delegates at the 23rd GCF Board Meeting The Board allocated $266.9 million in GCF resources for climate action in developing countries. With co-financing the projects will channel over $1,451.6 million for ...

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Zambia allows more imports of GMO products despite resistance


Zambia’s regulator of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 announced it has allowed some companies to import products containing GMOs, despite resistance from some stakeholders. GMOs Paul Zambezi, Chairperson of the National Bio-Safety Authority (NBA), said four firms have been granted permits to import products containing GMOs. He said the decision was made following a risk assessment ...

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Oil, gas instrumental to climate change solution, says OPEC


The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has said that oil and gas remain part of key solutions in combating climate change.  Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) speaks during the 25th Caspian International Oil and Gas Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 30, 2018. Photo credit: Resul Rehimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Secretary General ...

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Why climate struggle is fight for justice – Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

In a presentation at the School of Ecology on Climate Justice held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday, July 8, 2019, Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), warns that as the climate change bells toll, there is need to intensify the fight to keep the climate scourge from becoming totally out of hand Nnimmo Bassey speaking ...

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