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Bill Gates to invest $2bn to avert climate change

Bill Gates

Microsoft founder Bill Gates wants to invest a total of $2 billion in projects and start-ups in the next five years to avert climate change, reports said on Monday, February 15, 2021. Bill Gates Innovations were needed to avert a climate disaster, Gates said in remarks published on Monday in the German business daily, Handelsblatt. He said this was not ...

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Guinea officially declares outbreak of Ebola


Health authorities in Guinea on Sunday, February 14, 2021 declared an outbreak of Ebola in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore prefecture after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the national laboratory. This is the first time the disease has been reported in the country since an outbreak ended in 2016. Health workers move to prevent Ebola spread Initial investigations found that a ...

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WHO expresses worry over four suspected Ebola deaths in Guinea

Matshidiso Moeti

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, has expressed concern over the report of four suspected Ebola deaths in Guinea. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Moeti, on her personal twitter account @MoetiTshidi on Sunday, February 14, 2021, was reacting to the report by the Guinea’s Ministry of Health on the resurgence of Ebola ...

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Lagos warns against development on Magodo wetlands, vows strict penalty

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has warned property owners and developers in the Magodo Residential Schemes to immediately desist from any development on the wetlands in the area, or face sanctions, a government statement issued on Sunday, February 14, 2021 has said. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Dr Idris Salako, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, who handed the ...

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Liberia on alert for Ebola after neighbouring Guinea reports outbreak

President George Weah

Liberia has put health agencies on alert in the wake of an Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, President George Weah announced on Sunday, February 14, 2021. President George Weah of Liberia “The President’s instruction is intended to ensure Liberia acts proactively to avoid any epidemic situation, the kind the country witnessed in 2014,’’ a press release read. This came a ...

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COP26: Sharma underlines importance of UK-Nigeria collaboration, action to avert climate damage


The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) President-Designate, Alok Sharma, visited Nigeria from February 11 to 12, 2021 to discuss how the United Kingdom can work with Nigeria to address its climate change challenges. L-R: British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing; COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma; Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood; Minister of ...

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Experts advocate legally binding framework on climate change issues

Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke

Experts from the environmental sector have called for effective collaboration by all tiers of government and relevant stakeholders to address climate change issues across the country, including Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke The experts said this at a virtual meeting organised by the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State on ...

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COP26 President urged to engage young people meaningfully

Sharma - Adebote

In preparation for the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which will hold in Glasgow, United Kingdom in November 2021, the COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, has embarked on a visit to Nigeria to discuss how the UK can work with the country to address climate change challenges. ...

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Arrest, dehumanisation of peaceful Lekki protesters unacceptable, anti-democratic – CAPPA

Lekki protest

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has denounced the forceful arrest and taunting of scores of peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Lekki by the Nigeria Police, describing the development as unacceptable and demand their immediate and unconditional release. Security officials at the Lekki toll gate The arrests occurred on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Lekki Toll Gate where ...

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Niger, firm sign MOU for waste-to-wealth, electricity generation

Abubakar Sani Bello

The Niger State Government and Ukpa Energy Company Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for converting municipal solid waste to wealth and generating electricity for use. Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello This is disclosed in a statement signed by Sotonye Russell, Head of Administration and Finance, Ukpa Energy Company Limited. It said that, under the agreement, the ...

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