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South Africa: Energy transition must be guided by reason, not panic

Gwede Mantashe

Concerns about catastrophic climate change are leading to rash, and sometimes irrational calls for South Africa to put an abrupt end to the production and use of fossil fuels, regardless of the consequences Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. Photo credit: Baba Jiyane Increasingly this year, African oil- and gas-producing nations are being told that protecting the planet ...

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Stakeholders explore avenues to fast-track Nigeria’s attainment of SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals

The Value Clinic for Sustainable Development in Nigeria, a development partner, says it has identified channels to fast-track Nigeria’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and following up with a roundtable meeting with government agencies, parastatals, and private sector. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The Chief Responsibility Officer of the organisation, Mr Babatunde Bamigboye, disclosed this in an interview in ...

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Choji assumes leadership of Nigerian Environmental Society in Plateau

Dr Ibrahim Choji

The Plateau State Chapter of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) has been inaugurated, with Dr Ibrahim Choji emerging as the pioneer chairman. Dr Ibrahim Choji The NES is a professional non-governmental body committed to advocacy and actions on environmental protection and professionalism. It was established in 1985 with branches in 28 states. The newly inaugurated Plateau State branch now takes ...

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Health officer tasks Lagos on review of sanitation laws

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

A Lagos State Health Officer, Alhaji Abdulrasaq Akande, on Saturday, November 20, 2021 called for routine review of sanitation laws in the state to promote effective service delivery. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Akande, who is the health officer in charge of Iba Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), shed some light on how environmental laws could be enhanced to ...

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We’re seeking international expertise to halt Nembe spill, says Aiteo

Oil spill site

Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company says it is seeking foreign technical expertise to halt the ongoing oil leak at an oilfield it operates in Nembe, Bayelsa State. Oil spill site The leak occurred on Friday, November 5, 2021. Aiteo, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mathew Ndianabasi, noted that it has intensified its response by seeking the assistance ...

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Obsolete forestry laws, others trigger illegal logging in North-East Nigeria

Deforestation

Some Nigerian stakeholders in the North-East have identified obsolete environmental and forestry laws as a trigger for the continuous plundering of forests for firewood and charcoal in the zone. Deforestation. Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk Others say that acute scarcity of kerosene and high cost of gas are major obstacles to effective conservation of forest resources against illegal logging in the region. ...

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Firewood sellers make profit as Nigerians abandon costly cooking gas

Cooking gas cylinders

The high cost of cooking gas has now compelled some residents in the South-South zone in Nigeria to begin using firewood and charcoal for cooking, a survey has revealed. Cooking gas cylinders Investigation shows that 1 kilogramme of gas is now sold for N900 as against N700 while 12.5 kilogrammes is now  N11,250. A resident of Calabar, Mrs Eno Akan, ...

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Nigeria needs to invest $5.3b on WASH to achieve SDG target by 2030 – UNICEF

Sustainable Development Goals

Manager, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF, Maiduguri, Mamita Thakkar, says Nigeria must invest at least $5.3 billion on WASH to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target by 2030. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Thakkar said this known on Friday, November 19, 2021 in Maiduguri, Borno State, at a One-Day Media Dialogue to commemorate the 2021 “World Toilet Day”, with the theme ...

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OML 29 well leak: Impacted communities express concerns over air toxicity

Oil spill site

The people of Nembe Basamri in Bayelsa State on Thursday, November 19, 2021 expressed concerns over the air toxicity following prolonged exposure to gas and crude oil leaks from a nearby oil well operated by Aiteo Eastern Exploration Company. Oil spill site The oil firm had reported a leak from an oil well at its Santa Barbra South field within ...

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NiMet predicts low visibility in northern region on Saturday

Low Visibility Dust Haze

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Abuja predicted low weather visibility below a thousand over some parts of the northern region on Saturday. Low visibility caused by dust haze NiMet said in a statement, signed by its General Manager, Public Relation, Mr Muntari Ibrahim, that dust haze would affect the northern States such as Borno, ...

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