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NiMet, FOA partner to ensure food security in Nigeria

Prof Mansur Matazu

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) say they will continue to partner to work out strategies for food security in Nigeria. Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu A statement issued on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in Abuja by the agency’s Managing Director of Corporate Communications Unit, Mr Muntari Ibrahim, quoted ...

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Changing climate and surging inflation: The Nigerian reality


Climate change is one of the world’s biggest emergencies and realistically it should never happen at the same time as inflation but, apparently, they have both teamed up in Nigeria. Flooding in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Globally, there is no part of our lives that have not been affected by climate change, heat waves, flooding, low rainfall etcetera have exacerbated poverty ...

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Ebola outbreak in Guinea declared over

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The Ebola outbreak that emerged in Guinea in mid-February was declared over on Saturday, June 19, 2021. It was the first time the disease resurfaced in the country since the deadly outbreak in West Africa that ended in 2016. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Guinean ...

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GEF approves new funding, backs collaborative approach

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

Three decades after the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) establishment, the multilateral fund’s governing body has approved 39 new initiatives designed to help the planet heal after the COVID-19 pandemic, welcomed increased collaboration across international conventions, and endorsed plans for a new coordinated approach to working efficiently with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, GEF CEO and Chairperson GEF ...

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Gender mainstreaming: Centre sues for better engagement of women to enhance growth

Olamilekan Adegbite

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) has advocated for significant inclusion of women in the extractive industries. Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite The Executive Director of the Centre, Mr Monday Osasah, made the remarks on Friday, June 18, 2021 during a two-day workshop organised by the Centre for Ebonyi State stakeholders in Abakaliki. ...

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Group seeks increased awareness on dangers of desertification


Jewel Environmental Initiative (JEI), a Gombe-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), has called for increased awareness on the dangers of deforestation to save the environment. Desertification and land degradation are very serious challenges. They lead to hunger and poverty Mr Ismail Bima, the NGO’s Chief Executive Officer, made the call in an interview in Gombe, the Gombe State capital, on Friday, June ...

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Don urges govt to diversify energy mix with renewable energy source

Prof Adisa Ademola Bello

A don, Prof. Adisa Bello, has urged the Federal Government to diversify energy mix with renewable energy source. Prof Adisa Ademola Bello Bello, who is of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, made the call while delivering the institution’s 45th inaugural lecture on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Bauchi. The inaugural lecture was entitled “Deploying Renewable ...

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Clean energy projects: Fund achieves first close at €130m

Kevin Kariuki

The Africa Renewable Energy Fund II (AREF II) has achieved its first close at €130 million, according to a statement from the African Development Bank (AfDB) on Friday, June 18, 2021. Kevin Kariuki, Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, AfDB This followed a joint investment of €17.5 million from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) and ...

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Akwa Ibom spends N10bn on erosion control – Commissioner

Governor Udom Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom State Government has spent N10 billion on erosion control projects in the state in the last nine months, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Charles Udoh, said. Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State Udoh said in Eket on Friday, June 18, 2021 that the money was spent on two major sites – Etim Umana erosion and St. ...

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146,000 Africans die yearly from tobacco-related diseases, says WHO

tobacco smoking

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that no fewer than 146,000 Africans die annually from tobacco-related diseases. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said this on Thursday, June 17, 2021 during a virtual news conference. Moeti said tobacco was  the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world and emphasised that ...

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