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COVID-19: Bloomberg, WHO seek global focus on noncommunicable diseases

Michael Bloomberg

Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 joined Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), in calling for urgent action to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and respiratory diseases, which account for over 74% of deaths globally and worsen outcomes of patients with COVID-19. ...

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Germany adopts new guidelines for renewable energies in transport sector

Svenja Schulze

At the suggestion of Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, the federal government of Germany on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 increased the share of renewable energies in the transport sector to 28 percent by 2030. This means that Germany goes well beyond the EU requirements of 14 percent. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze In addition to stronger incentives for green hydrogen, new ...

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Recycling: Panacea to challenges of waste management – Stakeholders

waste managers

With heaps of refuse as permanent features in many South-west states of Nigeria, an environmentalist, Mr Hubert Ajayi, has urged governments to establish waste recycling plants to tackle challenges of waste disposal and management. Waste disposal operators at work A survey conducted in the South-west region shows that waste disposal and management is a huge challenge in many major towns, ...

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Most sub-Saharan African countries lack access to hand washing facilities, says report

Global Handwashing Day

More than half of the population in 34 out of 38 sub-Saharan African nations lacks access to basic hand washing facilities, the inaugural Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa says. Pupils during the Global Handwashing Day celebrations This is according to a statement jointly issued on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire by African Development Bank (AfDB), the ...

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Town planners want domestication of urban and regional planning law 2004

Olutoyin Ayinde

The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 appealed to state governments for domestication of the regional and urban planning law 2004 for better urban and regional plans for the country. Mr Olutoyin Ayinde, National President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) Mr Olutoyin Ayinde, National President, NITP, made the appeal at a one-day leadership retreat ...

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Africa must invest in innovative sanitation, wastewater management – Report

Wambui Gichuri

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal have released the inaugural Sanitation and Wastewater Atlas of Africa, a tool to benchmark and propel Africa’s progress towards Sustainable Development Goals on safe sanitation and wastewater management. Wambui Gichuri, the AfDB’s Director for Water Development and Sanitation The Atlas aims to help policymakers accelerate change and investment ...

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Govt seeks stakeholders’ collaboration in addressing wetlands degradation

Mohammad Abubakar

The Federal Government on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 called on relevant stakeholders to collaborate with it to address wetlands degradation in the country. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, made the call during a virtual meeting organised by the ministry in collaboration with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) to mark the 2021 World Wetlands ...

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Oil producing communities call for establishment of commission

Sen. Ita Enang

The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCoN) joint parties on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 called on the Federal Government to establish a commission to address the challenges of deprivation and underdevelopment in the communities. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang The joint parties made the call in a communique issued ...

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2021: NiMet predicts normal to above normal rainfall season

Hadi Sirika

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted normal to above normal rainfall season in 2021 across the country. Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation Sen. Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in Abuja made this known while presenting 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) produced by NiMet. The theme of the event is “Supporting the Economy cope ...

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Group donates equipment worth N74m to environment ministry

Ministry of Environment

The Africa Nature Investors (ANI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 donated equipment worth N74,540,000 to the National Park Service (NPS), an agency in the Federal Ministry of Environment. The Minister receiving the items The items donated were for the management of Gashaka Gumti National Park, located in Taraba and Adamawa states. The minister, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, ...

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