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Least Developed Countries demand scaled-up climate action amid pandemic-induced disruption

Sonam P. Wangdi

The Conference of Parties (COP) Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has decided that there could be an additional third session in 2021 if needed to catch up on work, so that by November 2021 it is back on track for COP26 in Glasgow. Sonam P. Wangdi, Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group ...

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Polio-Free Nigeria: Gates, Dangote, others hail achievement


Billionaire philanthropists Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote have hailed the declaration of Nigeria by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being polio-free. Bill Gates (left) with Aliko Dangote The global health body on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 certified Nigeria and the rest of Africa polio-free. The WHO Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) said the major milestone was achieved four years ...

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Open defecation practice to end in Nigeria by 2025

Suleiman Adamu

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will end open defecation practice by 2025. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Adamu gave this assurance at a Ministerial Press Briefing to mark his one year re-appointment in Abuja on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. He noted that although only 27 out of the 774 local government areas were ...

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WASH: Groups partner to leverage data to address water poverty


To leverage technology as a tool for development, Media for Community Change, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Abuja, Nigeria, is partnering with US-based NGO, BLI Global, to launch Data4WASH on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The web-based interactive online platform has been designed for open source use and is designed to highlight areas in need of water improvement facilities while ...

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WHO, UNICEF congratulate Nigeria on ending wild poliovirus

Polio immunisation

The World Health Organisation (WHO)  and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have congratulated Nigeria on being declared free of the wild poliovirus Polio immunisation in Nigeria. Photo credit: WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, disclosed this in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio ...

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‘Big Oil has fallen’: Reactions trail ExxonMobil’s exit from Dow Jones

Darren Woods

S&P Dow Jones Indices late on Monday, August 24, 2020 cleaned out two of the oldest constituents of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, saying it would replace ExxonMobil and Raytheon Technologies in its historic barometer of American blue-chips. ExxonMobile Chief Executive Officer, Darren Woods The oil major and industrial conglomerate were two of three companies booted from the 30-strong index, ...

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Africa eradicates wild poliovirus

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication officially declared on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 that the World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region is free of wild poliovirus. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa This marks the eradication of the second virus from the face of the continent since smallpox 40 years ago. Polio is a ...

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Global Polio Eradication Initiative applauds Africa for wild polio-free certification

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Africa Regional Certification Commission on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 certified the World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region as wild polio-free after four years without a case. With the historic milestone, five of the six WHO regions – representing over 90% of the world’s population – are now free of the wild poliovirus, moving the world closer to achieving global ...

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Used motor oil vendors as ‘pollution pathogens’ in the environment

Used oil

Mostly seen at roadsides in inexpensive shops, small containers, or wooden frames, motor oil dispensaries blaze with the youths who are drawn from different educational backgrounds. They set up business at the most accessible links to motorcycles, tricycles, and vehicles. According to one Rabiu, “the business is somewhat cheap to start with, and it’s unseasonal.” Used oil being poured in ...

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Water Resources Ministry, NOA launch nationwide campaign against open defecation

Open defecation

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) have officially inaugurated a nationwide sensitisation campaign to end open defecation practice in the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and Director General, National Orientation Agency (NAO), Garba Abari, brief the press on plans/strategies to end open defecation in Nigeria during flag-off of Nationwide Campaign on Open ...

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