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Floods kill 51 people, destroy thousands of homes in Niger

Mahamadou Issoufou

Torrential rains and floods killed at least 51 people and destroyed more than 26,000 homes in Niger in the past two months, the presidency said on Monday, August 31, 2020. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger About 281,000 people, or 32,500 households, have been affected by the flooding since early July, President Issoufou Mahamadou said during an emergency meeting. In addition, more than ...

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Lagos Health Commissioner recovers from COVID-19

Prof. Akinola Abayomi

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has recovered from COVID-19 infection, a week after contracting the virus. Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Abayomi Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, made this known in a statement issued on Monday, August 31, 2020 in Lagos. “It is with gratitude to God that I announce ...

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Jigawa plants 2.5m trees to battle desert encroachment

Gov. Muhammad Badaru

The Jigawa State Government on Monday, August 31, 2020 began planting of 2.5 million tree seedlings to mitigate the adverse effects of desert encroachment. Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State The 2.5 million assorted tree seedlings were produced during the COVID-19 lockdown. Gov. Muhammad Badaru performed the tree planting ceremony at Andaza Village in Kiyawa Local Government Area (LGA) of ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases pass 1.24m as death toll nears 30,000

Dr. John Nkengasong

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Monday, August 31, 2020 said that the number of positive COVID-19 cases across the African continent has risen to 1,245,230. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong The centre noted that only five African countries account for about 70 per cent of all COVID-19 infections in the continent, stressing that ...

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How recycle culture can be inculcated in African children


Take a long deep breathe, think about all the waste you have thrown out today. From left over food, to plastic packaging, or a piece of paper, etcetera. We generate a lot of waste. Children must be taught about recycling from their pre-school years Rich countries only make up about 17 per cent of the world’s population, but they account ...

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Minister commends biosafety agency for GMO regulation efforts


Environment Minister of State, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, has commended the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) for its efforts in ensuring that the activities of modern biotechnology and its products are properly regulated. Environment Minister of State, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, with officials of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) during her visit to the establishment The Minister of State, who made ...

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Science media platform, Ashenewsonline, makes a debut

Abdallah el-Kurebe, a media platform, has joined Nigeria’s news service chain as a frontier source for citizens journalism. Abdallah el-Kurebe Founded by the former Editor of, Abdallah el-Kurebe, Ashenewsonline focuses on promoting Agriculture, Science, Health, Environment, Politics, Business, Economy, and all other aspects of human endeavour. “Beyond mentioning, Ashenewsonline encourages people to provide story tips on human rights abuses, corruption, good governance, etc. “We are ...

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Promoters say Nigeria genetically modified maize trail result ‘promising’

Sylvester Oikeh

Nigeria’s quest to introduce maize varieties resistant to insect pests such as Stem Borer and Fall Army Worm (FAW) and drought recorded what the promoters describe as “a very promising result” at the confined field trials (CFT) currently being conducted at the research farms of the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Samaru, Zaria. An expert evaluates the performance of conventional, ...

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Video gaming industry set to become front warrior against climate change

Video Game

The video game industry is ready to focus in and do much more for the planet. In August 2020, the absolute greatest names in portable gaming divulged a progression of naturally themed missions and messages that will be coordinated into mainstream titles, for example, Angry Birds 2, Golf Clash and Subway Surfers. A video game scene The increments will urge ...

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Stakeholders weigh options of maize importation ban

Godwin Emefiele

The recent Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy excluding maize from the list of commodities eligible to obtain foreign exchange was the subject of a virtual discussion among a group of stakeholders, who explored challenges related to the fresh procedure. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) At a webinar titled “Nigeria’s Ban on Maize Importation: Sustaining Productivity, ...

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