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New report explores reality of Africa’s renewable energy option

Solar panels at Ngambe Council

Friends of the Earth Africa will launch a new report titled “A Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for Africa” on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Solar panels The report looks at the reality of renewable energy options in Africa and is based on the research and modelling of renowned academic, Dr. Sven Teske. The report shows that it is feasible to achieve a ...

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GM cowpea: AATF trains seed certification officers

AATF training

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), in partnership with the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) and the National Agricultural Seeds Council of Nigeria, trained 20 seed certification officers of the Council and 15 technical staff of seed companies on seed production, sampling techniques and certification as the country’s farmers begin planting genetically modified cowpea known as SAMPEA 20-T. Participants at the meeting ...

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820 farmers picked to plant GM cowpea in national demonstration


A total of 820 Nigerian farmers selected from 36 states in the country will participate in a nation-wide demonstration of the recently released SAMPEA 20-T by planting it on their plots to create awareness about the variety. A farmer in Rurum area of Rano LGA of Kano state weeding his SAMPEA 20-T farm intercropped with maize SAMPEA 20-T was commercially ...

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Civil society clamours support as Lagos resumes COVID-19 vaccination

Moderna Vaccine

As the Lagos State Government began the Phase 2 COVID-19 Vaccination Exercise on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, Lagos Civil Society Coalition Against COVID-19 under the coordination of Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st) has urged residents to partake actively in the exercise. The Moderna Vaccine is being deployed in this phase of the Lagos Covid-19 vaccination exercise. Photo credit: Getty ...

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‘World Water Week showed how world can solve water crisis’

2021 World Water Week

The 2021 World Water Week ended on Friday, August 27 with a strong message: we have many solutions to fix the water crisis and tackle climate change, but we need political will and sufficient investments. This is what the conference called on the international community to activate. Musical guests, Arcadia and Clara, entertaining participants at the opening of the 2021 ...

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Music can help plants grow well – Don

Tree planting

Prof. Solomon Ikibe of the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, on Friday, August 27, 2021 said that music could influence plants to grow well. The don says sound has the ability to stimulate plants’ growth Ikibe made the assertion in a paper he presented at the 203rd inaugural lecture of the institution. The paper was entitled: “So It’s ...

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Fuel spillage: NEMA restricts movement around Lagos communities

Lagos fuel spillage

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has restricted movement around Ikotun and Igando areas of Lagos State, following a spillage of petrol from  a ruptured pipeline in the area. A fire fighting truck stationed in Ikotun area of Lagos on Friday, following fuel spillage from ruptured pipeline The  pipeline leakage was purportedly from activities of vandals. Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, ...

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Buhari congratulates Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor, on 60th birthday

Sharon Ikeazor

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Minister of State, Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, on her 60th birthday on Aug. 28, 2021. Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Friday, Aug, 27 in Abuja, Buhari joined family and friends to celebrate with the lawyer and management consultant, whose sacrifice and investment in the country ...

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UNEP spotlights best alternatives to single-use plastic products

Plastic pollution

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on single-use plastic products (SUPPs) and recommendations for alternatives, based on life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. UNEP defines SUPPs as “an umbrella term for different types of products that are typically used once before being thrown away or recycled,” including food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups, cutlery, and shopping bags. Volunteers with Greenpeace ...

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UK donates another 592,880 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria

Covid-19 Vaccine

Nigeria on Thursday, August 26, 2021, received another 592,880 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine donated by the UK via the COVAX Facility. This brings the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses donated to Nigeria from the UK through COVAX to 1,292,640 doses in August alone. Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen ...

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