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Gombe, NEWMAP to mitigate impact of land degradation

Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya

The Gombe State Government and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) have said they will partner to mitigate the menace of deforestation and land degradation in the state. Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State Dr Hussaina Goje, the Commissioner for Environment and Forest Resource, said the state government would, through the partnership and other interventions, revive the environment. ...

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How Customs officials siezed illegal wildlife products in Lagos

siezed wildlife

Nigerian Customs Service and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency were working in collaboration with British Border Force officers when they intercepted a suspect shipping container bound for Vietnam, according to the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Foundation. The siezed wildlife items Officials who examined the container discovered 10.18 tonnes of tusks, skins, bones and scales, all from endangered species. These included ...

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Modular refinery can reduce insecurity, environmental challenges in Niger Delta, says APC Chieftain

Modular Refinery

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Rivers State, Mr Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, says the establishment of modular refineries in the Niger Delta will reduce insecurity, illegal bunkering and environmental challenges in the region. Modular refinery Flag-Amachree, in an interview on Friday, February 5, 2021 in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said that there was the need for state governments to ...

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Govt routes quelea birds threatening grains production in Bauchi

Quelea birds

The Federal Government has covered 70 per cent of farmlands threatened by quelea birds in Bauchi State, through aerial spraying. Quelea birds Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development director in Bauchi State, made the declaration in Bauchi, the state capital, on Friday, February 5, 2021. Yusuf said the exercise was carried out in five area councils ...

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Don calls for legislation for lead-acid batteries disposal

Used lead-acid batteries

Prof. Yinusa Adediran of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Ilorin in Kwara State has advocated for battery legislation in Nigeria for safety use and disposal. Used lead-acid batteries Adediran made the call in his research paper titled: “In the realms of telecommunications, reliability and quality engineering”. He stated that such law would mandate manufacturer ...

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German bank’s green bond portfolio reaches €2bn target

Bernd Loewen

Backed by a promotional mandate of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, the KfW Group says it will remain committed to the green bond market as an ambitious investor, thereby contributing to the further development of this market segment. Bernd Loewen, Board Member of KfW Group Green bonds are an important instrument to mobilise capital for the transition to ...

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NCDC advocates for WASH in PHCs to curb disease outbreaks

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advocated for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) standard in the Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) nationwide to curb disease outbreaks. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC Dr Tochi Okwor, NCDC’s Head of Infection Prevention and Control Lead, made the call on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Abuja. Okwor spoke at the ...

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Groups amplify call for Tobacco Control Funding

Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA)

The Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has called on the Federal Government to operationalise the Tobacco Control Fund as recommended in the National Tobacco Control Act 2015. Ogunlade Olamide Martins of the NTCA (left) and Akinbode Oluwafemi (NTCA Board Chair) at the briefing in Abuja The group, at a press organised in Abuja on Thursday, February 4, 2021, said that ...

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Sweden plans digital Coronavirus vaccine passport

Lena Hallengren

Sweden on Thursday, February 4, 2021 announced plans to develop a digital Coronavirus passport for use by the summer. Swedish Health Minister, Lena Hallengren “International processes have commenced regarding technical solutions and standards for proof of vaccination. “There is need for Sweden to participate,’’ Health Minister, Lena Hallengren, told a press conference. The digital certificate would allow Swedes to document ...

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AfDB, FAO to boost South Sudan’s agricultural markets with $14m

Benedict Kanu

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 signed protocols to disburse a $14 million grant to the Government of South Sudan to boost agricultural markets in a project to be implemented by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Benedict Kanu, AfDB Country Manager in South Sudan The Agricultural Markets, Value Addition and Trade Development (AMVAT) project ...

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