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Poverty Eradication Day: Nigeria unveils plans to end poverty

Sadiya Farouq

October 17, a day set aside by the United Nations to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019, presented an opportunity for the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to carry out its official outreach towards ending poverty in Nigeria. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq At the ...

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Holding transnational corporations accountable for human rights abuses

Transnational Corporations

As the Fifth Session of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights commences in Geneva, Switzerland, Shayda Naficy, Senior Programme Director at Corporate Accountability and Ebuata Philip Jakpor, Programme Manager, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, attempt a preview of the forum in the light of critical emerging issues that could decide where the scale tips ...

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Experts flay increasing illegal fishing on West Africa coastline

Kofi Agbogah

Fishing and marine conservation experts have expressed concern over the need for West African countries to jointly stem the increasing illegal fishing activities in West African coastline. Kofi Agbogah This call was made in Grand Popo, Republic of Benin, during the just concluded workshop on fight against Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the gulf of Benin (IUU). In a ...

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Conservationists give succour to starving hippos in Tanzania park


Tanzania conservation authorities have implemented a presidential order to fill water in dams habited by hippopotami in the Katavi National Park to save the animals from starvation, an official said on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Hippopotamus Paschal Shelutete, the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Senior Assistant Conservation Commissioner for Communication, said the institution has filled dams in the park with enough ...

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Govt urged to key into bioenergy development to safeguard health, environment

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

A university don, Prof. Makwin Makut, has called on the Federal Government to key into the development of bioenergy to safeguard the health of Nigerians and the environment for the overall development of the country. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Makut, a Professor of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Nasarawa State University in Keffi (NSUK), made the appeal on Wednesday, October ...

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IPBES partners with Kering on biodiversity science

Anne Larigauderie

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 announced its first private sector partnership – a significant non-earmarked contribution to the IPBES Trust Fund by the global luxury group, Kering. IPBES Executive Secretary, Anne Larigauderie “The message from science is clear,” said Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES, “to properly protect nature and nature’s ...

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Will President Buhari assent to the Climate Change Bill?


Some nine years after the first version of Nigeria’s Climate Change Bill was passed by the 6th National Assembly and sent to the Presidency for assent, the bill is still struggling to become law in October 2019. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Abuja signed the instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change The ...

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Biosafety agency opening Nigeria to ‘risky’ technologies, HOMEF alleges

Nnimmo Bassey

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a not-for-profit based in Benin City, Edo State, has said that the nation is being opened to “risky” emerging technologies under the regulatory functions of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). The assertion was reportedly informed by a recent news report that suggested that NBMA may have begun drafting guidelines to regulate genome ...

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IPCC governance structure and paths to selection as author

Nigeria IPCC

In this third of a four-part series on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, IPCC author and Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State, Nigeria, sheds some light on IPCC governance structure, and how one can become an author with the organisation Prof. Okereke was IPCC Lead Author for IPCC ...

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94% Nigerians do not practice proper hand washing – UNICEF

Global Handwashing Day

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says 94 per cent Nigerians do not practice proper hand washing in the country. Pupils during the Global Handwashing Day celebrations Mr Oumar Doumbouya, a UNICEF representative, said this on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Abuja during the 2019 Global Hand washing Day Celebration with the theme: “Clean Hands for All’’ . ...

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