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Nigeria urged to address rising effects of plastic pollution

Akobi Crescent

As plastic production and consumption increases, Nigeria has been called upon to urgently invest into its waste management capabilities to tackle the mounting effects of plastic pollution on people and the environment. Plastic waste pollution in Akobi Crescent, Lagos, Nigeria These sentiments were shared in the Nigeria edition of “Plastic Atlas”, which was published by Break Free From Plastic and ...

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Nigeria begins nationwide demonstrations of genetically modified cowpea


The Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University (IAR/ABU) Zaria and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) have concluded arrangements for nationwide on-farm demonstrations to raise farmer awareness on the new genetically modified Pod Borer Resistant cowpea variety, commercialised as SAMPEA-20-T. Cowpea The demonstration trials will be managed solely by farmers on their plots and supervised by government extension agents ...

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Groups demand urgent remediation of marine ecosystem devastated by Mauritius oil spill

Mauritius spill

Activist groups in Africa and beyond have called on the Japanese firm implicated in the oil spill off the coast of Mauritius to urgently contain, clean-up and remediate the devastated ecosystem. The Mauritius oil spill The groups, comprising Friends of the Earth Africa, the African Climate Justice Group, and Friends of the Earth Japan, in a statement made available to ...

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I’m responding positively to COVID-19 treatment, says Lagos Health Commissioner

Prof. Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says he’s responding positively to treatment after testing positive to COVID-19 virus, and remains committed to discharging my duties. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, had in a statement on Monday, August 24, 2020 disclosed Abayomi’s COVID-19 status. Abayomi, in a ...

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NEMA sets 20 minutes as maximum target for emergency response

AVM Muhammadu Muhammed

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has set a maximum 20 minutes target, within which to respond to emergencies and disasters across the country. AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (Rtd), Director-General of NEMA AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (Rtd), Director-General of NEMA, announced the target at a one-day retreat for Heads of Territorial, Zonal and Operations Offices of the agency on Monday, August 24, ...

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NABDA boss seeks more awareness creation on genetically modified crops

Prof. Felix Akpa

Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Alex Akpa, says more awareness creation will help in disabusing the minds of people opposed to Genetic Modification (GM) of crops and agricultural technology. Prof. Felix Akpa, Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Akpa said this in an interview in Abuja on Monday, August 24, 2020 while reacting to the negative views of some people against the ...

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Imperatives of deploying new technologies to boost food production

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

The World Economic Forum, in an article published on March 3, 2018, listed threats to global food production as poor harvests, droughts, floods among others. It suggests that the best way to boost food security is by investing in new technologies. Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development The Forum noted that small holder farmers and rural dwellers normally rely ...

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Spain imposes new restrictions due to increasing COVID-19 infections


Spain on Monday, August 24, 2020 introduced new restrictions in several regions, following a surge in coronavirus cases, the authorities said. Catalonia, Spain Regional President, Quim Torra, announced that Catalonia had banned meetings of more than 10 people. “The situation is not stable anymore, instead the numbers are rising constantly,” Torra said. Catalonia is also to reduce the size of ...

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Niger inaugurates panel on illegal issuance of licence to wood merchants

Abubakar Sani Bello

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State has inaugurated a seven-man panel to investigate allegations of bribery and issuance of illegal licences to wood and charcoal merchants for exploitation of forest resources in the state. Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State While inaugurating the administrative panel in Minna, the state capital, on Monday, August 24, 2020, the governor said ...

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UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 for launch on September 15

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5), scheduled to debut on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, outlines a combination of achievable actions needed to protect nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people. The report, according to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlines the enormous stakes for humanity involved in the success of those efforts. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of ...

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