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Reps withdraw Water Resources Control Bill

Femi Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives at its plenary on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 withdrew the Water Resources Control Bill which it passed two months ago. Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila The bill seeks to provide for management, equitable and sustainable use of surface and underground water across the country. It also seeks to provide a legal framework for the management ...

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Stakeholders urge govt to implement projects for environmental sustainability

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

As Nigeria celebrates her 60th independence, stakeholders in the environment sector have urged the Federal Government to effectively implement projects in the sector to promote development and achieve a sustainable environment. Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar The stakeholders spoke with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in Abuja. Mr. Williams Osaze, President, ...

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UNICEF donates 115,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated 115,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assist Federal Government’s efforts to curb the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The UNICEF Representative, Ms Rushnan Murtaza, said this on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 during the donation at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory in Abuja. According to her, ...

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Renewable energy to contribute 30% of electricity supply in Nigeria by 2030, says Minister

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says Nigeria plans to generate 30 per cent of its electricity supply through renewable energy by 2030, in line with the National Energy Policy (NEP). Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology Onu said this at the opening of the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum tagged: “Scaling-Up Interconnected Mini-Grids Development in Nigeria: ...

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WHO describes 1m global coronavirus deaths as ‘very sad milestone’

Margaret Harris

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 described the one million deaths from the coronavirus as “a very sad milestone”, considering that many victims suffered “a terribly difficult and lonely death” and their families were unable to say goodbye. WHO spokeswoman, Margaret Harris WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a UN briefing in Geneva that the global coronavirus ...

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UN Women, UNDP inaugurate COVID-19 global gender response tracker


The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Women (UN Women) have partnered to inaugurate a COVID-19 global gender response tracker. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women “The aim of the tracker is to provide unique data about what governments are doing to support women in their COVID-19 responses,” says the agencies. The Gender Tracker, which also analyses gender ...

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Niger Delta region has more than oil to offer – Agba

Clement Agba

The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mr Clement Agba, says the Niger Delta region has more than oil to offer the country. Mr. Clement Agba Agba was speaking at the opening ceremony of a high level multi sectoral meeting on the emergency of agriculture projects in diversification of Niger Delta. The programme was organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance, ...

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Partnership to provide 120m affordable COVID-19 rapid tests for poor countries

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

A set of agreements to make available, for low and middle-income countries, affordable, high-quality COVID-19 antigen rapid tests were announced on Monday, September 28, 2020 by the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Organisations involved in the agreement include the ...

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UNGA74: Buhari congratulates Muhammad-Bande on successful tenure

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, following his successful tenure as the President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General (UNGA74) 2019-2020. Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th UN General Assembly Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in ...

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Flood submerges 17,000 communities in Niger


No fewer than 17,000 communities have been affected by flood in Niger State, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, has said. Flooding in Suleja, Niger State Mr Tanko Lawal, Information Officer to the SSG, in a statement in Minna on Monday, September 28, 2020, disclosed that Matane said this during an on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation ...

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