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Govt declares four more LGAs open defecation-free

Ministry of Water Resources

Federal Ministry of Water Resources has declared four additional local government areas (LGAs) open defecation free, having met the requirements slated in the ODF protocol for hygiene promotion. Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu The LGAs are: Ganjuwa in Bauchi State, Machina in Yobe State as well as Giwa and Kaura in Kaduna State, making it 61 out of ...

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Forester clamours preservation of flora and fauna

Owu Waterfall

The Kwara State Director of Forestry, Alhaji Babatunde Mahmud, has said that forest animals are beneficial to the people and should take good care of them. Owu Waterfall Mahmud said this on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 during a visit to Owu Waterfall and its environs with his team on the occasion of International Day of Biodiversity (IDB). The commemoration was ...

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Africa Day: Continent essential for sustainable development, poverty reduction – Guterres

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, says Africa is essential for sustainable development, poverty and building peace globally. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres Guterres said this on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 while marking the Africa Day, observed to commemorate the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity. He said: “Africa’s rich, diverse cultural and natural heritage is important for sustainable development, poverty ...

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Minister, UK Commissioner reiterate need for biodiversity restoration in Nigeria

Sharon Ikeazor

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 hosted at her residence a documentary screening of David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity. The movie is a documentary showcasing the over 60 years career of the 93-year-old naturalist. Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor, speaking at the event It was shot ...

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48m people need safe water in nine conflict countries – UNICEF

South Sudan water

UN Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says no fewer than 48 million people are estimated to need safe water and sanitation services in the nine countries, where violence and conflict are prevalent. A South Sudanese boy drinking polluted water The countries are Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen. UNICEF, in a report released on Tuesday, ...

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Biden calls for diplomatic resolution of controversial Ethiopian dam

Joe Biden

US President Joseph Biden has underscored the US’ interest in achieving a diplomatic resolution of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dan (GERD) that meets the legitimate needs of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. U.S. President Joe Biden A statement by the White House said President Biden was speaking in a telephone conversation on Monday, May 24, 2021 with Egyptian President Abdel ...

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Ministry pledges to mainstream gender in water resources management

Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has pledged commitment to close all existing barriers hindering equal participation of men and women in the water resources sector. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Mrs Didi Walson-Jack, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, disclosed this at the opening of the Validation Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming and Implementation Guidelines in Water Policy, in Abuja ...

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CODE endorses fresh policy to enhance corporate identity

Connected Development (CODE)

 Connected Development (CODE), a non-profit group that mobilises and empowers marginalised communities across Africa, has endorsed a new policy into law as part of efforts to improve its corporate identity and strengthen the internal structures of the organisation. Participants at the CODE management and trustees meeting in Abuja The exercise, which took place on Friday, May 21, 2021 during a ...

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How polluters are slowing down Africa’s progress


The world has no business investing in new fossil fuel developments in our race to the 1.5°C pathway. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) newly released Net Zero by 2050 roadmap has closed the door on new fossil fuel extraction, and fossil fuel giants have lost their claim to fame of new oil and gas reserves being aligned with the Paris ...

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Bill seeks to establish environmental fund, tax polluting companies

Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi

A bill aiming to establish an Act to create the Environmental Fund and to tax companies engaged in exploitation, pollution or utilisation of environmental resources is presently receiving the attention of the National Assembly. Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi Sponsored by Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi (Gummi/Bukkuyum Federal Constituency), a member of the House of Representatives, “A Bill for an Act to establish the ...

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