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Review biosafety laws to favour Nigerians, HOMEF charges govt

Nnimmo Bassey

Considering the Federal Government’s approval for the environmental release and open cultivation of genetically modified crops including “Tela” maize, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) held her final School of Ecology (SoE) which focused on issues around biosafety, biosecurity and related threats. The conference aimed to decolonise the narratives around food systems and the state of biosafety in Nigeria and Africa ...

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COVID-19: Nigeria to vaccinate 70% citizens by end of 2022

Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government is prepared to vaccinate 70 per cent of the Nigerian population before the end of 2022. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) The Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the assurance in Abuja on Monday, December 6, 2021. Mustapha, also the Secretary to the Government of the ...

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Rescind ban on Nigeria over Omicron, govt tells Britain

Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has called on the British Authority to immediately rescind its ban on foreign travels from Nigeria over the discovery of cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country. Alhaji Lai Mohammed The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the call in Abuja on Monday, December 6, 2021, at a media briefing on the ...

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COVID Omicron variant: Ban on African countries unfair, discriminatory — Adesina

Akinwunmi Adesina

The President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, says the travel ban on some African countries over Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant, is “very unfair, non-scientific and discriminatory”. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina Adesina, who said this through his verified twitter handle, @akin_adesina, urged the western countries to lift the travel ban on the African countries He queried why travel ban ...

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Joint Investigative Visit will unravel cause, volume of Aiteo’s spilled crude – NOSDRA

Oil spill site

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has dismissed as “guess work“ claims from several parties on the volume and the cause of ongoing leak from Aiteo’s oilfield at Nembe, Bayelsa State. Oil spill site The Bayelsa government attributes the incident to equipment failure while the oil firm claims the leak was caused by sabotage. Gov. Douye Diri ...

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Marrakech hosts 5th edition of African Forum of Managers and Territorial Development Institutes

UCLG Africa

From December 6 to 11, 2021, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA) and its Partners are holding the 5th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI5_2021). Secretary General of UCLG Africa, Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi This meeting is part of UCLG Africa’s ...

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Nigeria launches three-year, GCF-sponsored National Adaptation Plan Process

National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday, December 2, 2021, launched the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process project, which aims to strengthen the capacity of the government at all levels to implement a NAP process including planning and budgeting for adaptation. Participants at the launch of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process project in Abuja The three-year project, tagged “Strengthening ...

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Mercury contamination: Philippine FDA bans five beauty creams from Pakistan

FDA-banned beauty creams

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has issued separate advisories warning consumers against the purchase and use of five imported “beauty creams” that are sold in the country without market authorisation. The five FDA-banned beauty creams from Pakistan Through FDA Advisories No. 2021-3043, 3055, 3057, 3059 and 3060 that were posted on its website on Friday, December ...

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Nigeria assumes presidency of African great green wall agency

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday took over the Presidency of the Great Green Wall in Africa for the next two years. President Muhammadu Buhari This was disclosed by Nigeria’s Minister of State for the Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, at the end of the 4th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government (CHSG) of the ...

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$27.3bn lost to salinity-induced soil degradation annually – SSSN

Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN)

The Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) says at least $27.3 billion is lost annually to salinity-induced soil degradation around the world. Participants at the 45th Annual Conference of the-Soil-Science-Society of Nigeria SSSN held at Bowen University, Iwo President of SSSN, Prof. Bashiru Raji, represented by his deputy, Prof. Damician Asawalam, said this in Abuja on Sunday, December 5, 2021 ...

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