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Humanitarian Affairs Minister updates NEC on readiness for flood management

Sadiya Farouq

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Mrs Sadiya Farouq, has made a presentation to the National Economic Council on Flood Risk Management in Nigeria for 2020. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq Farouq virtually briefed State House correspondents after the virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, ...

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Technology can ease adaptation to effects of changing world, climate – Melbourne

Sean Melbourne

Speaking at “ClimateLaunchPad NIGERIA” on Thursday, August 20, 2020, Head of Climate Change and Energy, West Africa, British High Commission, Sean Melbourne, emphasises that technology can help to adapt to the changing world, as well as reduce harmful effects of climate change Sean Melbourne, Head of Climate Change & Energy, West Africa, British High Commission Abuja Citizens, communities, and economies ...

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Greta, others meet Merkel: ‘You are robbing us of our future’

Greta Thunberg

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, whose weekly school strikes for the climate sparked a global youth movement, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss ways to mitigate climate change. Greta Thunberg Thunberg, 17, was joined by other members of “Fridays for Future”, including Luisa Neubauer, the 24-year-old face of the protest movement’s Germany branch. ...

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EU in advanced talks with biotech firm for 225m COVID-19 vaccine doses

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission and German biotech firm, CureVac, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 said they had concluded a first round of talks for the supply of no less than 225 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to EU member states. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission The EU’s executive arm is also in talks with Johnson ...

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Cashew as a non-oil income generating product

Cashew nuts

Cashew, botanically known as Anacardium Occidentale, was introduced to Nigeria by Portuguese explorers. But quickly became popular in 1950s when it was commercially planted in the eastern regions of Oghe, Oji and Mbala and also in the western regions of Iwo, Eruwa and Upper Ogun by the defunct Eastern Nigeria Development Corporation (ENDC) and Western Nigeria Development Corporation (WNDC) respectively. ...

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Edo earmarks 100,000ha of land for oil palm cultivation

Okomu Oil Palm

The Edo State Government of Nigeria has set out 100,000 hectares (ha) of land for oil palm cultivation by investors. Okomu Oil Palm Plantation in Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki made the disclosure in a keynote address delivered on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at a webinar focused on “Investing in the Oil Palm Value Chain in Edo State”. The webinar ...

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Growing the economy of Nigerian states to achieve their true potential

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria, 60 years after independence, is at a crossroad and the economy needs urgent reforms. With oil and gas which accounts for about 10% of Nigeria GDP, 50% of government revenues and over 90% of export earnings with crude oil trading at less than $40. Now more than ever we need to reverse this overdependence on oil. President Muhammadu Buhari ...

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FishNet Alliance calls for support for fishers in Makoko


The FishNet Alliance has called for support for fishers in Makoko, Lagos State and in other coastal communities across Nigeria. This call was made during a meeting of members of the Alliance in Makoko on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. A gathering of fishers During the meeting, fishers organised under FishNet Alliance expressed how they groan under lockdown measures that have ...

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Africa must not drown in crude oil, warns Oilwatch

Oil spill pollution

Following the incidence of the 1,000-tonne oil spill that occurred in the coastal environment of Mauritius, Oilwatch Africa has warned that African leaders must not allow continent to drown in crude oil. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil The warning comes after Mauritius’ Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, declared a state of environmental emergency in Mauritius ...

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India records single-day spike of 64,531 COVID-19 cases, 1,092 deaths

Shri Narendra Modi

India reported the biggest daily jump of 64,531 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, taking the total to 2,767,273, according to the latest data released by the Federal Health Ministry. Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India The death toll in the country also increased to 52,889, with 1,092 new deaths reported during the past 24 hours. According ...

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