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COVID-19 cases in Africa to top 4m this week, says WHO Regional Office

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa is poised to surpass four million COVID-19 infections this week, since the first confirmed case on the continent was announced in February 2020. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa WHO Regional Office for Africa disclosed this in a statement issued from its headquarters in Brazzaville, Congo, on Thursday, March 11, 2021. ...

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13 CSOs vow to tackle water scarcity in Enugu

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

No fewer than 13 civil society organisations (CSOs) have resolved to tackle and end  water scarcity in Enugu State, especially within the metropolis. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State The water scarcity in Enugu metropolis had started for some decades and it became worse due to the growing population. For over 10 years, the state’s water situation became unbearable as residents ...

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Kano approves creation of private layouts

Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano State Government has approved that the private sector can now develop residential and other layouts in the state. Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State Dr Zainab Braji, Permanent Secretary of the Bureau for Land Management, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Kano, the state capital, on Thursday, March 11, 2021 by Murtala Shehu, the Public Relations ...

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Lawsuits against NBMA, others are crucial, insists HOMEF

Nnimmo Bassey

According to recent reports, the Director of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Rufus Ebegba, in a workshop organised for legal practitioners, was quoted as saying: “Lately, NBMA had experienced litigation and we discovered there are some gaps in information and knowledge on biotechnology. That is why we are training some lawyers so that when such litigation issues come up, ...

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‘I am better off as a farmer’ – story of a banker turned poultry farmer

Ayotomiwa Ogunsua

Due to the popular misconceptions about agriculture, many young Africans have no interest in agribusiness ventures. Upon completing their academic pursuits, young graduates usually scuttle for jobs and in many cases, remain unemployed while waiting for the “golden opportunity”. Ayotomiwa Ogunsua at his poultry farm Whereas many who attempted agribusiness have run into loss due to inadequate training and mentorship, ...

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Oyo indefinitely suspends monthly sanitation exercise

Seyi Makinde

The Oyo State Government has announced the suspension indefinitely of the last Saturday of the month environmental sanitation exercise and restriction of movement during the period in the state. Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State The last Saturday of the month environmental sanitation exercise between 7am and 10am was introduced over 20 years ago by the then military government to ...

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UN adopts landmark framework to integrate natural capital in economic reporting

Antonio Guterres

In a move that may reshape decision and policy-making towards sustainable development, the United Nations has adopted a new framework that includes the contributions of nature when measuring economic prosperity and human well-being. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres The new framework – the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting—Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA) – was adopted on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by the ...

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Stakeholders to examine private sector role in design, implementation of Africa’s NDCs

Anita Nana Okuribido

Sustainable development and climate policy experts and other stakeholders from Nigeria and the United States will come together in a virtual event to discuss the role of private sector in the design and implementation of Africa’s NDCs and climate action. Chief Mrs. Anita Nana Okuribido, Chairperson, Women in Renewable Energy The webinar, entitled “The role of private sector in the ...

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Reps task ministries on elimination of open defection

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Ministries of Health and Water Resources to prioritise rural water and sanitation projects to ensure that an Open Defecation Free (ODF) society is achieved. The Nigeria National Assembly Complex, Abuja The lawmakers said that the ministries should  work in conjunction with relevant development partners to ensure potable water and functional toilet ...

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NiMet inaugurates weather observation station at Kaduna varsity

Sani Marshi

The Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi, has inaugurated a weather observation station at the Kaduna State University (KASU). Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Kaduna, the director-general described the weather as a single variable that affected everybody, irrespective of occupation, gender or ...

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