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Lagos to reverse Land Use Charge rate

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government will soon unveil a reform that will include the reversal of the Land Use Charge (LUC) to the pre-2018 rate, Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo, has said. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Olowo disclosed this on Wednesday, June 3 during the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the first year in office of Gov. ...

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Ogoni land cleanup commences on 57 sites – Minister

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, says no fewer than 57 sites at Ogoni land in Rivers State are being cleaned up currently. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar Abubakar made the disclosure while speaking with State House correspondents on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Abuja, saying that he had presented a report on the ministry’s mandate to ...

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GEF approves $13.4m for coastal resilience, climate-resilient water projects in Liberia, Haiti

Pa Lamin Beyai

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 the sum of $8.9 million in new grant funding from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) for a coastal resilience project that will benefit 80,000 people in Liberia and rehabilitate 20,000 hectares of degraded coastal habitats. UNDP Resident Representative in Liberia, Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai. Photo credit: ng.undp.org Similarly, ...

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Climate researchers launch toolkit for decision-makers

Elmar Kriegler

To make climate scenarios work for decision-makers, an international team of researchers developed a comprehensive interactive online platform. Elmar Kriegler It is said to be the first of its kind to provide the tools to use those scenarios – from climate impacts to mitigation and energy options – to a broader public beyond science. The scenarios, it was gathered, help ...

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George Floyd: We must all be part of solution to racism – Meyers

George Floyd

In a reaction to the killing of African-American, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says the incidence has reopened the deep-seated racism the U.S. and that all Americans must be a part of the solution A George Floyd poster The killing of George Floyd under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer ...

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COVID-19: 300 handwashing stations installed in Senegalese schools

Yacine Djibo

The le Groupe des Amis de l’Alimentation Scolaire (GAASS) has strengthened its commitment to schoolchildren across Senegal by providing handwashing stations for pupils returning to school following the outbreak of COVID-19. The initiative is being executed in partnership with Dakar-based advocacy tank, Speak Up Africa.   Yacine Djibo, Executive Director of Speak Up Africa In Senegal, to enable the Ministry of ...

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Firms in $1.2m solar deal to power Niger Delta communities

Solar panels at Ngambe Council

Renewvia Energy Corporation, a global solar developer, and All On, a Nigerian off-grid impact investor, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 announced a partnership to electrify rural communities unserved by conventional utilities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The agreement includes a commitment of $1.2 million from All On to enable Renewvia to develop and operate solar minigrids to bring ...

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COVID-19: Churches, mosques to remain closed in Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has ruled out the immediate reopening of churches and mosques in the state until there is a “clear coast for the state to do so”. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, made this known on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, saying Lagos is the epicentre of the coronavirus in the ...

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Defending black life, a commitment to climate justice, say campaigners

George Floyd

In the light of the unrest that has enveloped the U.S. following the death of African-American, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Executive Director of U.S. Climate Action Network, Keya Chatterjee, insists in a statement that the group must step up to defend black life as part of its commitment to Climate Justice A George Floyd poster COVID-19 has now ...

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GLF’s digital conference explores transforming food systems to protect human well-being

Dr. David Nabarro

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Digital Conference, which will run online from June 3 to 5, 2020, will kickstart a global conversation on how to “build back better” and transform food systems to protect human well-being and planetary health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. David Nabarro, Special Envoy of WHO Director-General on COVID-19 Among the more than 200 speakers are Head of ...

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