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UBE School emerges winner in Nestlé Nutrition Quiz competition


UBE Primary School, Pasali has emerged winner of Nestlé Nutrition Quiz competition organised in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) and the Nutrition Society of Nigeria for the Nestlé for Healthier Kids beneficiary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). L-R: Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria; Faustina Offor and Joy Samuel, students of the wining school, ...

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Afforestation: Edo to plant 10m tree seedlings in 10yrs


The Edo State Government says it will plant 10 million tree seedlings in the next 10 years to combat desertification in the area. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State Mr Lucky Wasa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, stated this in an interview in Benin City, the state capital, on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Wasa said that the exercise ...

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10m tree seedlings planted in North-East Nigeria in two years

Tree planting

No less than 10 million tree seedlings were planted by state governments in the North-East region, to enhance afforestation and check desert encroachment in the last two years. Tree planting A survey shows that the trees were planted in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Yobe states between 2019 and 2021. The states are among the 11 desert prone areas alongside ...

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Kenya says food fortification agenda on course to tackle malnutrition

Maize plant

The Kenyan government says it is partnering with industry and academia to create a robust food fortification infrastructure. Maize is one of the key staples being prioritised for fortification Officials said on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 that the aim was to reduce the burden of micro nutrients deficiency affecting children and pregnant women. Veronica Kirogo, head of the Division of ...

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GEF, UN conventions align for a green, inclusive, resilient recovery


The heads of five international environmental conventions – on climate change, biodiversity, desertification, chemical pollutants, and mercury – joined the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) governing body to discuss their 2021 priorities and pledged to work together in new and more collaborative ways to address the planet’s urgent and inter-related challenges. The heads of five international environmental conventions and the GEF ...

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$500m in climate finance under consideration as GCF board meets

Javier Manzanares

The 29th meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board that commenced on Monday, June 28, 2021 is considering new funding proposals that total over $500 million in climate finance for adaptation and mitigation. Javier Manzanares, Deputy Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) The four-day virtual meeting, the second of the year, is alongside these proposals considering a ...

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Nigeria hits 3.4m COVID-19 Vaccine jabs in two rounds – NPHDA

Covid-19 Vaccine

Executive Director,  National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said a total of 3.4 million doses of Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have so far been utilised for the first and second dose vaccinations. Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo This ...

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50% of India’s freshwater-based coal-fired power plants fail to meet standards, says report


India’s coal-fired power plants have been rampantly flouting the country’s 2015 water consumption norms, says a new survey report released recently by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). A coal-fired power plant “Water Inefficient Power”, as the report is titled, says that even after six years since the water consumption norms came into force, the water-guzzling coal power industry is ...

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ERA urges Mobil to obey court judgement to compensate Akwa Ibom communities

Godwin Uyi Ojo

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged the ExxonMobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited to urgently comply with the recent Federal High Court judgement which ordered it to pay the sum of N81.9 billion as compensation for oil spills from the company’s facilities which occurred between 2000 and 2010. Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director of the Environmental ...

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$700m World Bank water project: Stakeholders call for states’ commitment

Suleiman Adamu

Stakeholders have called on states benefitting from the $700 million World Bank-supported Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (SURWASH) Programme to show political commitment for project sustainability. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu This was the consensus among stakeholders at a virtual SURWASH public consultation meeting held on Friday, June 25, 2021. The meeting was organised by ...

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