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NDDC asked to create Niger Delta Green Fund to address climate challenges

Niger Delta Climate Conference

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NNDC) has been called upon to establish a “green fund” to tackle the climate change challenges in the region. Participants at the 2nd Niger Delta Climate Conference and Pre-COP26 Meeting The call was made at the close of the 2nd Niger Delta Climate Conference and Pre-COP26 Meeting held from October 7 to 8, 2021 at ...

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About 86% of COVID-19 infections in Africa go unnoticed – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

About 86 per cent of all coronavirus infections in Africa go unnoticed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The WHO puts the number of all infections on the continent at 59 million, over seven times more than the eight million reported cases. “The high number of unreported ...

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Govt seeks collaborative efforts to promote handwashing culture

Suleiman Adamu

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has called for collaborative efforts from all stakeholders to promote the culture of handwashing in the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Adamu made the call on Friday, October 15, 2021 at an event in Abuja to commemorate the 2021 Global Handwashing Day, with the theme, “Our Future is at Hand ...

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First part of biodiversity conference closes, sets stage for adoption of post-2020 global framework

Huang Runqiu

With the participation of almost 2,918 delegates in Kunming, and 2478 connecting online, Part one of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) closed on Friday, October 15, 2021, setting the stage for the adoption of an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the resumption of the meeting in spring 2022. Minister of Ecology and Environment of China and COP15 President, Huang Runqiu The ...

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Stakeholders devise strategies to address illegal wildlife trade

Pangolin scales

From Pangolin to Forest Elephants, Lion, Cross River Gorilla, Manatees and other endangered species, Nigeria’s wildlife resources are under intense pressure. Over the past few years, there has been a very active market for ivories and other wildlife products – both domestically and internationally, even with the fast-decimating population of these resources. Pangolin scales found packed in 230 bags among ...

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PACJA urges Africa to press for fair compensation at COP26

Dr Mithika Mwenda

The Executive Director of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Mithika Mwenda, has called upon the African nations not to relent on pressing the developed countries to compensate fairly for climate injustices. Dr. Mithika Mwenda, Executive Director, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Speaking at a forum meant to chart the road to COP26 for Kenya, Mwenda urged African ...

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Handwashing Day: Global access to handwashing will gulp $11bn – Report

Global Handwashing Day

Just 10 days of smartphone sales would cover the $11billion cost of ensuring everyone in the poorest countries could wash their hands with soap and water at home by 2030, WaterAid said on Friday, October 15, 2021. Pupils during the Global Handwashing Day celebrations A new report by WHO and UNICEF, released on Friday on Global Handwashing Day, reveals that giving everyone in the world’s poorest countries access to handwashing with soap and water, ...

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Biosafety agency was not created to stop GMOs entering Nigeria – Ebegba


The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that only safe genetically modified products will be allowed in the Nigerian market. Participants at the sensitisation workshop Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, who reiterated this commitment at a one day sensitisation workshop on biosafety (genetically modified organism’s safety and regulation) in ...

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NCF calls for joint efforts to preserve the environment

Izoma Asiodu

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called for a joimt effort aimed at protecting the environment and conservation of nature. NCF President, Izoma Philip Asiodu The foundation made the call at its 32nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The NCF Director General, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, while speaking with journalists, said that Nigerians needed to ...

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In Nigeria, toxic waste from WeWood jolts relations with indigenous peoples

WeWood Entrance Gate

The impact of toxic waste disposal in a river area is detrimental to indigenous peoples who live, use and benefit from the environment. WeWood entrance gate On September 3, 2020, the Chinese company, WeWood, engaged in ethanol production, discharged toxic waste into a pit that killed three people in the Omotosho Forest Reserve, Okitipupa council, Ondo State, Nigeria. The deceased ...

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