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924,000 square metres of Nigerian land degraded daily

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma

Minister of Environment, Alhaji Suleiman Zarma, says there is an urgent need to recover and conserve the country’s land as 924,000 square metres is lost to degradation daily, while the population keeps growing. Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of Environment Zarma said this in a statement issued by Mrs Pauline Sule, the Head of the Press and Public Relations Unit, National Agency for ...

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Scientific body launches programme to boost research management

Allen Mukhwana

The Nairobi-based African Academy of Sciences (AAS) on Thursday, February 21, 2019 launched a programme to boost management of research that addresses the continent’s development needs. Allen Mukhwana A statement from AAS said the Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPro Africa) will strengthen capacity of institutions to manage cutting edge research and innovations. “It is a response to the critical ...

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Africa requires bold leadership to eradicate Ebola – ECA

Giovanie Biha

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Africa requires bold leadership at different tiers of government and society. ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovanie Biha Ms Giovani Biha, the Deputy Executive Director, said this in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at a meeting to share information with member States on EVD, preparedness, vaccines and therapeutics. ...

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Nigeria among leaders in renewable energy – Fashola

Babatunde Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says Nigeria is a continental and global leader in renewable energy. Babatunde Raji Fashola at the event in Lagos Fashola made the assertion on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Lagos during the second edition of the annual BRF Gabfest, tagged “BRF2GABFEST” organised by some youth groups in his honour. The ...

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Kill a python and go to jail, warns zookeeper

Python

Manager of the Imo State Zoological Garden, Dr Francis Abioye, has cautioned Nigerians against killing protected animals including reptiles like python, saying doing so would attract jail term. Python Abioye gave the warning on Thursday, February 21, 2019 when he mobilised members of the zoo task force to arrest a resident of Nekede autonomous community in Owerri West Local Government ...

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Experts proffer solutions to Africa’s population growth challenges

Nigeria Population

The Africa Progress Group (APG) on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 organised an International Roundtable to analyse and proffer solutions to the challenges posed by the increasing population growth rate in the region. Nigeria’s population is said to be equivalent to 2.55% of the total world population The Roundtable, which was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, ...

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Utilising weather forecast to boost agriculture

Farming

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) predicts a below-normal-rainfall, dwindling amount and duration in many parts of the country in 2019. Farming In its 2019 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP), NiMet calls 2019 El-Nino where rainfall deficit with varying magnitude is expected for most parts of the country. Observers, therefore, posit that the pattern of rainfall can affect food production except there ...

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Boosting production of leaves to phase out polythene

Wrapping leave

Scientists have warned on many occasions that the use of plastic materials, especially to wrap food, is harmful to human health and the environment. The wrapping leave They call for the training of farmers in leaves cultivation to boost the production of wrapping leaves to phase-out the use of polythene bags. Mrs Nnenna Didigu, an environmentalist and the Executive Director, ...

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Germany launches funding programme to restore floodplains

Svenja Schulze

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment has disclosed that it is launching a new funding programme for the natural development of floodplains along federal waterways. Government says that this is to develop a biotope network of national importance, a “Blue Ribbon”, through the country. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze River, shore and floodplain are to be networked with each other ...

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UNEA-4: World zeroes in on solutions for the future

Siim Kiisler

The 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), which is the fourth in the series, will zero in on the twin themes of innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organiser of the event, has said. The body says the global forum will inspire nations, private sector players and individuals to #SolveDifferent ...

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