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North-Central stakeholders want stringent punishment for environmental pollution offenders

Dondo Ahire

Stakeholders in parts of the North-Central and Taraba have decried the lingering environmental pollution in the zone while calling for stringent punishment for offenders so as to check the menace. Benue State Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Dondo Ahire The respondents, in a survey, blamed the situation largely on open defecation, as well as indiscriminate bush burning and dumping ...

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Egyptian FM, UN chief discuss Ethiopia’s disputed Nile dam

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during a phone conversation on Friday, March 5, 2021. Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres, disclosed this in a statement. According to Dujarric, during the conversation, Shoukry voiced his concern over the stalled African Union (AU)-led negotiations ...

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Desert locust invasion destroys massive cropland in Ethiopia – UN

Desert locust swarm

Around 365,015 hectares of cropland have been destroyed by a desert locust invasion, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has disclosed. Desert locust swarm “Ethiopia is experiencing its worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years, which exacerbates an already alarming food security and nutrition situation,” the UNOCHA said in a press statement issued Friday, March 5, ...

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Tanzania moves to bring back smuggled chameleons seized in Austria


Tanzanian authorities said on Saturday, March 6, 2021 that they had set in motion a process of bringing back smuggled chameleons that were seized in Austria in January. The chameleon Allan Kijazi, the deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, said the government had started applying permits from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ...

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Jubilation as Sanwo-Olu inaugurates Agege flyover

Agege Pen Cinema Dual Carriage Flyover

Residents, market unions, youth groups and various cultural groups on Friday, March 5, 2021 took to the streets of Agege to celebrate the inauguration of the Agege Flyover. L-R: Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; National Leader, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; and Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and ...

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IPCC reschedules Working Group I approval session

Valérie Masson-Delmotte

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has rescheduled the approval session for the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) to July 26-30, 2021 from April. Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I The location and modalities of the 54th Session are still under consideration. The Panel also postponed the review of the Final Government Draft ...

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ARFSD: Countries urged to ensure full representation towards achieving SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals

The Seventh Session of the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) ended on Thursday, March 4, 2021 with a call on African countries to pursue full representation of all citizens, including women, children, and the disabled, irrespective of background, belief or geographic location, in efforts to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs) without leaving anyone behind. Sustainable Development Goals ...

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NAN MD tasks Online Publishers on professionalism

Buki Ponle

The Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Buki Ponle, has urged the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) to ensure professionalism while discharging its duties in the society. Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Buki Ponle Ponle made the call on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in Abuja when a delegation from the Guild, led ...

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Nigeria commences COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria

Nigeria started the vaccination of its citizens against the COVID-19 virus on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Abuja. Dr. Cyprian Ngong, a Snr. Registrar at the National Hospital in Abuja, is the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria The vaccine, after undergoing assessment by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the ...

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Wildlife: NCF advocates smart agriculture method, advises against bush burning

Bush burning

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) says  a smarter agriculture practice devoid of bush burning will promote and improve the ecosystem and  biodiversity of the country. Bush burning Mr Solomon Adefolu and Mr Mohammed Boyi, both NCF Lead, Climate Change Programme Officers, made the assertion in an interview in Lagos on Thursday, March 4, 2021. They spoke on the sideline of ...

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