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WHO recommends increased investments to avert mental health crisis

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for urgent need to increase investments in services for mental health toward averting surge in mental health conditions in the coming months. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, in a statement on Thursday, ...

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How the GEF e-mobility Africa opportunities add up, by Rubia

David Rubia is the Africa Programme Management Officer for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) supported Global E-Mobility Programme. In an interview, he shared his optimism about the benefits of electrifying multiple modes of transportation in Africa (from two and three-wheelers to buses to airport ground-support fleets), and reflected on what the COVID-19 crisis has reminded him about the value of connectivity ...

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Trump pushes for schools to reopen, ignores caution

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump pushed for schools to reopen and sharply disagreed with the nation’s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, who warned this week against sending students back to class too soon. President Donald Trump of the US “We have to get the schools open, we have to get our country open,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business ...

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Poor power supply blamed for increasing greenhouse gases emission

power

An environmentalist, Mr Emmanuel Emechete, has fingered the poor power supply in Nigeria for the increasing rate of greenhouse gases (GHG) emission in the atmosphere. Nigeria’s poor power supply has been blamed for the increase in GHGs emitted Emechete, who is also a climate change enthusiast, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on ...

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Cross River remodels Calabar monuments

Coat-of-Arms Roundabout

The Cross River State Government has begun remodeling of some of its monuments erected at public places within the Calabar metropolis. The Coat-of-Arms Roundabout in Calabar, Cross River State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mfon Bassey, said this during an inspection of the monuments on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Calabar, the state capital. He described the remodeling as one of ...

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NOSDRA claims toxic discharge killed coastline fishes as Delta Assembly debates fresh incident

Fish

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says findings on the dead fishes on the Atlantic Ocean coastline indicated high levels of toxicity caused by toxic wastes discharge. Dead fish from the Niger Delta coastline The agency noted in a statement on Thursday, May 14, 2020 that the discharge of toxic materials into the Atlantic may have come ...

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Zamfara spends N456m annually on portable water supply, says gov

Bello Matawalle

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State says the government spends over N456 million annually to provide free portable water to its residents. Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State Matawalle made the disclosure on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Gusau, the state capital, while speaking to newsmen on the challenges facing his administration. He said: “We spend N38 million monthly on ...

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UN Rapporteur seeks input on Covid-19 impacts on Indigenous Peoples’ rights

Francisco Cali Tzay

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Francisco Cali Tzay, on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 launched what looks like his first formal study focused on the human rights impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Jose Francisco “Pancho” Cali Tzay, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Photo credit: IITC A questionnaire ...

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Nigeria hits 4,971 infections with 184 new Covid-19 cases

Coronavirus

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 recorded 184 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 4,871. Coronavirus The NCDC also said that six new patients have been confirmed dead to the virus in the country, bringing the total number of deaths to 164. The NCDC noted that ...

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Reopened countries lock down again amid fresh Covid-19 spikes

South Korea

As several countries work to lift restrictions, some nations that thought they had the coronavirus under control have had to lock down again amid a new spike in infections. Citizens queue up at a coronavirus test centre in South Korea Lebanon, South Korea, Germany, Iran and China are some of the countries that have had to reimpose restrictions after experiencing ...

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