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10 Katsina LGAs attain Open Defecation Free status

Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

No fewer than 10 local government areas in Katsina State have attained Open Defecation Free (ODF) status under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) project. Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, Governor of Katsina State The SHAWN project is being supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom, in collaboration with ...

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Establishment of bioethics committee ‘ll benefit Nigeria – NABDA DG

Abdullahi Mustapha

Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, says establishment of a national bioethics committee will benefit the country in many ways. Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Mustapha said this in an interview on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Abuja. “Bioethics committee will benefit the country in the area of insecurity, environment, defence, health and ...

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Private sector partners governors on decentralised sewage systems

Nicholas Igwe

The Organised Private Sector on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH) is set to partner with the Nigeria Governor’s Forum to construct decentralised sewage systems in order to end water pollution through faeces. Dr. Nicholas Igwe National Coordinator, Dr Nicholas Igwe, said in an interview that the partnership would be based on mutual accountability and collaborative efforts This is part of their ...

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Verner Ayukegba: Angola’s oil and gas industry can thrive alongside its rich biodiversity

Verner Ayukegba

Last month, reports that Angola was drafting legislation to permit oil, gas and mining activities in 14 national conservation areas, including the Luengue-Luiana National Park, which represents part of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area stretching across Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe led to protests by environmentalist groups. Local environmentalists were outraged, likely weary of test drilling that had begun ...

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Nigeria spends millions cleaning oil spills – but illegal refiners are still in business

Artisanal refinery

The sunrise in the morning of June 2, 2016, did not only bring vitamin D; it also brought hope to the Ogonis. That day, at a place called Patrick Waterside in Bodo, Rivers State, they assembled; clan by clan, village by village, to watch the arrival of the helicopter that brought the federal government delegation for the official flag-off of ...

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UK Supreme Court rules that polluted Nigerian communities can sue Shell in English courts

Bille Community

The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom ruled on Friday, February 12, 2021 that two Nigerian communities, of more than 50,000 people combined, can bring their legal claims for clean-up and compensation against Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS) and its Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC). Pollution in Bille Communityof the Niger Delta The Supreme Court ...

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Stakeholders validate Nigeria’s 10-year SDGs’ implementation plan

Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire

As the global community accelerates efforts to achieve the global goals in the decade of action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stakeholders have validated a strategic implementation plan for the attainment of the development agenda in Nigeria. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire The document, titled “Nigeria Sustainable Development Goals Implementation Plan ...

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Invest more in research to check effects of climate change, govt urged

Nigeria flood

The Ogun Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, on Thursday, February 11, 2021 called on the Federal Government to invest more in research in order to check the effects of climate change. Residents steer a dugout canoe past flooded houses following heavy rain in the Nigerian town of Lokoja, in Kogi State, on September 14, 2018. Photo credit: AFP / ...

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Expert urges youths to promote nation’s renewable energy plans


Chief Executive Officer,  Solar Hi-tech, Mr Bamidele Awotunde, has advised Nigerian youths to be active proponents in promoting the nation’s renewable energy development plans as a way to move the country forward. Renewable energy: Solar panels Awotunde gave the advice on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in an interview in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. According to him, Nigeria renewable energy ...

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Shell turns to forests and the earth to soak up its emissions

Ben van Beurden

Royal Dutch Shell set out plans, on Thursday, February 11, 2021 to boost the use of nature-based carbon offsets and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, two climate solutions in their infancy but seen crucial to controlling global warming. Royal Dutch Shell’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben van Beurden Both technologies can mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions Shell and its customers ...

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