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Lagos says report of coronavirus at Gowon Estate fictitious

Prof. Akinola Abayomi

The Lagos State Government has described the report of a suspected case of coronavirus at a Chinese residence in Gowon Estate in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state as fabricated. Lagos State Health Commissioner, Prof. Akinola Abayomi Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, said in a statement on Sunday, February 9, 2020 that, upon getting the report, the ...

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IUCN laments loss of six environmentalists in Mexico, Nicaragua

Berta Caceres

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has expressed shock and sadness following the recent deaths of at least two environmental defenders in Mexico and four indigenous people in Nicaragua. Honduran prize-winning campaigner Berta Caceres was slain by gunmen on March 3, 2016 weeks after opposing a hydroelectric dam project In a message, Dr Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General of the ...

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Guterres says urbanisation can address climate change as 10th World Urban Forum opens


The 10th Session of the World Urban Forum was officially opened on Sunday, February 9, 2020 by His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court accompanied by the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, in a colourful, ...

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China coronavirus deaths reach 908, surpasses SARS death toll

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The number of deaths from the new coronavirus has risen to 908 in mainland China, the country’s National Health Commission said on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images The death toll thereby surpassed that of SARS, a respiratory disease which caused a ...

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Youths schooled on sustainability strategies at Ibadan Green Hangout


Coming after the #GreenHangout in Rivers, Adamawa, Enugu and Kaduna states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the #GreenHangoutOyo held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Ibadan, Oyo State. Participants at the #GreenHangoutOyo It has been described as a day to remember for young people actively involved in environmental sustainability and protection, as well as conservation efforts. Organised ...

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Why Rwanda GM potato initiative isn’t the way out, by activists

irish potatoes

To enable the introduction of the first GM crop to be grown in Rwanda – a GM potato variety named “Victoria” – the Rwandan government is fast-tracking the development of a biosafety policy and legal framework. Potatoes Civil society is deeply concerned about the potential risks of the GM potato variety, which has been genetically modified through cisgenesis – a ...

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Obesity-related diseases among top three killers in most countries – World Bank


Long believed to be a problem exclusive to high-income countries, evidence shows that over 70 percent of the world’s two billion overweight and obese individuals live in low- or middle-income countries. Obesity Faced with increasing disability, mortality, health care costs, and lower productivity, obesity is a growing concern for all countries regardless of income level, says a new World Bank ...

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Report warns of rising human rights violation by fossil fuel majors in Nigeria, Kenya

Oil spill pollution

The fossil fuel industry largely behind the global climate crisis is contributing to the violation of several human rights, aggravating the conditions of persons, groups, and peoples in already vulnerable situations across the planet, warns a report by A water body in the Niger Delta in Nigeria polluted by crude oil Oil, gas and coal companies are said to ...

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Enugu declares emergency, inaugurates committee to address WASH challenges

Enugu WASH

The Enugu State Government has declared a state-of-emergency in its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. While making the declaration on January 23, 2020, the state government also established an 18-member inter-ministerial committee to revamp the WASH area. Members of the #ClaimYourWaterRights team with members of the Inter-ministerial committee for the revitalisation of Enugu WASH sector The declaration comes after ...

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35 less-privileged parents benefit from ACI, Coca-Cola recycling initiative

Plastic bottle scavengers

The African Clean-Up Initiative (ACI), in collaboration with Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd., has assisted 35 less-privileged parents of Isrina School, Ajegunle, Lagos, in paying fees through a plastic waste recycling scheme. Plastic bottle scavengers and their wares at a Lagos dumpsite Chief Executive Officer of ACI, Mr Alexander Akhigbe, made this known during the inauguration of “RecyclesPay” in Isrina School, Ajegunle, ...

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