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Combating desertification in Nigeria: Lessons from Ankara

Desertification

Promoting good land stewardship for the benefits of present and future generations has continued to attract global attention as the World Day to Combat Desertification held on June 17. Desertification and land degradation are said to be serious challenges that can lead to hunger and poverty This year’s global observance, which marked the 25th anniversary celebrations of the adoption of the ...

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Civil society flays release of GM mosquitoes in Burkina Faso

GM mosquitoes

A group of civil society organisations (CSOs) from Africa and around the world has denounced the release of genetically modified (GM) “male-sterile” mosquitoes in Burkina Faso. The GM mosquitoes were released in the village of Bana on Monday July 1, 2019 by the Target Malaria research consortium. Genetically modified mosquitoe The open release is intended to test the infrastructure and ...

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Govt opens fresh contract bid for Ogoniland clean-up

Ogoniland clean-up bid

The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) on Monday, July 1, 2019 opened a fresh bid to select 36 additional contractors for the remediation of oil impacted Ogoni communities in Rivers. The bidding process The addition of 36 firms would raise the number to 57 contractors hired so far for the clean-up. HYPREP, under the Federal Ministry of Environment, opened the ...

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Mohammed urges ‘unequivocal’ global response to climate change

Amina Mohammed

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, on Monday, July 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, called for “unequivocal’’ global response to climate change and funding gaps. UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. Photo credit: African Union Commission Mohammed made the call at a preparatory meeting in the buildup to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit billed for Sept. ...

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UN opens applications for Youth Climate Summit in New York

New York City

The United Nations on Monday, July 1, 2019 opened applications for its 2019 Youth Climate Summit with an offer of 100 “Green Tickets’’ to eligible young people from around the world to participate in the event. New York City The summit comes up on Sept. 21 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Ms Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, ...

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Flood submerges vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles in heavy Lagos rain

Anambra flood

Many vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles were on Monday, July 1, 2019 submerged in flood at Mushin, Agege Motor Road, Lagos, following an early morning downpour. Flooding The heavy flood stretched from the popular Ojuwoye Market to Idi-Oro and to Moshalashi bus-stop. Due to the downpour, several vehicles, commercial buses, tricycles and motorcycles broke down in the flood. Consequently, there was ...

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Group demands overhaul of policies amid Tsekelewu oil spill crisis

Oil spill pollution

Owing to the recent spate of oil spillages and gas flaring activities in the Nigerian Niger Delta region, government has been called upon to urgently overhaul the nation’s environmental regulatory agencies and their monitoring policies. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil The authorities have also been urged to review activities of companies executing corporate social ...

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Experts explore nation’s sustainable development challenges

Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike

A team of renowned experts gathered on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State to brainstorm over issues related to the nation’s sustainable development challenges. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba (third from right) with personalities at the conference such as DVC Academic, Prof. Sunday Elom (second from left); Christian Asaga Nwali, Managing Director and CEO ...

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