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Nnimmo Bassey: Why, how to reclaim our water

ERA-CAI by Owales

Activist, Nnimmo Bassey, in a presentation on Tuesday August 11 at the Lagos Water Summit organised by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA.FoEN) frowns at moves to privatise water, saying that attempts to deny anyone the right to water is manifestation of an inexcusable disconnect from nature  Water is a Right Undeniably, water is an essential right ...

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‘The real waste managers’

scavenging

Sunday Ahmed has been in the business of scavenging for waste materials for about 20 years. Every day, he roams the streets of Lagos in search of used and discarded plastics, bottles, paper and aluminium that he resells at a local dump site in Oke-Afa, Isolo – a notorious mountain of solid waste that gives a bird’s eye view of ...

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Nigeria to implement global agenda on reducing disasters

Pa Lamin Beyai

Nigeria has set in motion processes to implement the newly adopted global framework to curb the risk of natural disasters. Tagged: “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR),” the agenda was endorsed last March in Sendai in Japan, replacing the 10-year Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) that came to an end this year. The SFDRR will however span 15 years ...

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Political undertones trail planned clean-up of Ogoniland

Odey

Political undertones have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent move to fast-track the clean-up of Ogoniland in accordance with the report and recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). While officials of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) seem to be ‘milking’ the situation by heaping praises on Mr President while tacitly condemning the outgone President Goodluck Jonathan, the Peoples’ ...

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Cautious optimism greets government’s plan to implement UNEP report

Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo of ERA/FoEN

A barrage of applause has greeted President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to clean-up the extensively polluted Ogoniland in the Niger Delta region by implementing the much-vaunted report on the community prepared by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). But the voices of commendation are being cautious, saying that certain things don’t seem right and that they should be urgently addressed before ...

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Muhammadu Buhari orders clean-up of Ogoniland

Muhammadu-Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the commencement of the environmental clean-up of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta region, even as he inaugurated the Governing Council of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) as well as the Board of Trustees for the Trust Fund. This was one of the actions which the President approved on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, ...

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Concern over unimplemented UNEP Ogoniland report, 4 years after

Steiner warnt vor Klimaverhandlungen im

On the occasion of the fourth year commemoration of the release of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Assessment of Ogoniland (4 August 2015), the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and other groups have called on the administration of General Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the myriads of environmental challenges besetting the Niger Delta. The ERA/FoEN, Amnesty International, Centre ...

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Renewable energy sources power homes, hospitals in rural Abuja

Tokula

Rural communities within the federal capital territory are being provided access to clean and renewable energy for cooking, lighting, water supply and health care delivery under the SE4ALL initiative Night is fast descending on Zhiko Village. But Bako Ayuba’s pace is slow, as he meanders his way among the bushes, heading towards the health centre. It’s a journey he has ...

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UN: Human traffickers are exploiting global crises

Yury Fedotov

In this era of numerous crises and troubles, the UN is commemorating the 2015 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to warn that no place on earth is safe and that everyone should be aware of the problem Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General) Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit. Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human ...

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Cecil: Poachers slay five endangered elephants in Kenya

Lion

While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion that was allegedly shot by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, an even more devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya. Poachers killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. The carcasses were recovered by rangers on Tuesday morning – what appeared to be an adult female and her ...

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