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Nigeria at 60: State of the environment and matters arising – Nasiru Idris

Prof. Nasiru Idris

The fundamental obligation for the protection of the environment as stated in Section 20 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 provides that the “State shall protect and improve the environment and safeguard the water, air and land, forest and wild life of Nigeria”. The question now is, has the State safeguarded Nigeria’s total land area of ...

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Nigeria at 60: Such diversity that threatens her unity

Nigeria at 60

In 1914, on the 1st of January to be precise, Lord Lugard, the governor of Northern and Southern Nigeria protectorate, signed a document amalgamating the two, thereby bringing to life, the colony and protectorate of Nigeria. This is one fact every Nigerian knows, and one exam question that always comes as a piece of cake. The Nigeria at 60 logo ...

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Nigeria at 60: Biosafety agency urges concerted efforts in safe application of modern biotechnology

Dr Rufus Ebegba

As the country marks its 60 years of independence, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has called for concerted effort in the bid to ensuring safety in the application and use of modern biotechnology, as well as in ensuring biosecurity in Nigeria. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) ...

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Plans to reintroduce Water Resources Bill unacceptable, say Water Union, CAPPA

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have condemned plans by some members of the House of Representatives to reintroduce the National Water Resources Bill which was withdrawn on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 after a heated debate in the House. The National Water Resources ...

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First man cured of HIV dies of cancer

Timothy Ray Brown

The first person to be cured of HIV, Timothy Ray Brown, has died of cancer, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The late Timothy Ray Brown This was contained in a statement issued by Bijan Farnoudi, Communication and Public Affairs Director, International AIDS Society (IAS), and made available to NAN via email, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in Ibadan, ...

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World Bank prepares $12bn for poor states to buy COVID-19 vaccines

David R. Malpass

The World Bank has announced a $12 billion allocation for an initiative to cover payments for coronavirus vaccines for low-income countries, The Guardian newspaper reported. David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group The media outlet cited World Bank President, David Malpass, as making the submission. The programme is set to ensure countries of low- and middle-income would also ...

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Bio-fuel from rice waste described as ‘untapped goldmine’

Rice Husk

The Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvements (APPEALS) project, a World Bank, Federal Government and Lagos State Government initiative, says production of bio-fuel from rice husk is an untapped goldmine. Rice Husk Mrs Oluranti Sageo-Oviebo, the State Project Coordinator, made this known on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in Lagos. Sageo-Oviebo said that demonstration of the technology had become imperative owing ...

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40% of plant species at risk of extinction – Study

Plant Species

About 40 per cent of the world’s 500,000 identified plant and fungi species are at risk of extinction, according to a study published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 40 per cent of the world’s 500,000 identified plant and fungi species are at risk of extinction More sophisticated techniques for assessment and analysis had allowed the scientists to “correct biases” of ...

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World must unite to defeat COVID, prevent future pandemics – UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson

Ahead of the UK’s Foreign Secretary co-hosting a high-level United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) event on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Secretary-General and South Africa on COVAX, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said that the world must overcome the extraordinary divisions created by coronavirus and unite to defeat the pandemic. Britain’s Prime ...

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UK records biggest ever rise in new coronavirus cases


There have been another 7,143 cases of coronavirus reported in the UK in the last 24 hours – believed to be the biggest rise since the pandemic began. Coronavirus Seventy-one coronavirus-related deaths have also been recorded – the highest number since July 1, 2020. The significant rise in COVID-19 cases comes after the number of positive tests falling at the weekend, with Monday’s ...

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