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Mongolia sets up ecological police department

Khaltmaagiin Battulga

The Mongolian government on Monday, January 6, 2020 established an independent ecological police department. President Khaltmaagiin Battulga on Mongolia Minister of Justice and Home Affairs Tsend Nyamdorj said at a news conference that the ecological police department will soon start working. “The police officers are responsible for the enforcement of the environmental laws and regulations of the country and for ...

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Keeping Bissy: Sustainable new use for the Nigerian kola nut

Kola Nut

When Coca Cola was launched in 1886, its central ingredient was the kola nut. The iconic American company now keeps its recipe a closely guarded secret, but it is thought that artificial flavourings are now used in place of the kola nut. The caffeine-rich fruit, however, is now at the heart of a new story: one of sustainability and ethical production. ...

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Activists flay abandoned NDDC projects in Abia

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State

Civil society organisations under the platform of the OPEN Government Partnership (OGP) have set up a committee across the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Abia State to monitor and document “failed” Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects in the state. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State The committee emerged during a meeting conveyed recently by the Co-Chair CSOs/ Non-State ...

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UN launches biggest dialogue platform on world’s future

António Guterres

The United Nations has launched what it calls the “biggest global conversation on the world’s future” known as UN75 dialogues. UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/ Kim Haughton The initiative is a “global reality check” to spark conversations around building a better future for all, the organisation said in a statement on Thursday. It said views and ideas gathered under ...

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Govt to inaugurate 47 roads, 13 estates, others in 2020 – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Government says it will complete 47 ongoing road projects, including those leading to the nation’s ports and major bridges, including substantial work on the Second Niger Bridge in 2020. President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this in a letter to Nigerians to commemorate the New Year, which was made available to newsmen on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 ...

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2019: Year of record climate disasters in Africa – Nnimmo Bassey

Cyclone Idai

Twenty-nineteen was a year of extreme weather events spread across the world. Sweltering heat hit much of the world. Raging wildfires were recorded in Brazil, Bolivia, Australia and the United States of America. Massive floods ravaged even cities like Venice, famed to be able handle floods. Cyclone Idai lays waste to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi Climate change was implicated ...

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FAO revises procurement policy

Suffyan Koroma

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it has revised its procurement policy, code named MS 502. Suffyan Koroma, FAO Representative in Nigeria Mr David Tsokar, FOA’s National Communication Officer, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in Abuja. Tsokar explained that the revision of procurement policy was to ensure greater accountability, fiscal ...

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Don’t call me at 9 O’clock – Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Once upon a time, there were very few television stations in operation in Nigeria, and they only operated for a few hours a day. In those days most stations came on in the afternoon and went off at about midnight. The stations would open with a hissing sound which was followed by the national anthem before the presenters popped up ...

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Nigeria accuses Cameroon of breaching pact on dam water release

Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Government says it will take appropriate diplomatic measures on Cameroon’s breach of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that caused flooding in some parts of the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Mr Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, said this in an interview in Abuja on Friday, December 27, 2019. Adamu said the breach of the MoU ...

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Minamata Convention summit phases out mercury-added products

Minamata COP3

By 2020, which is just days away, the manufacture, import and export of mercury-added products will no longer be allowed. Plenary stands to chant “Make Mercury History” as the conference comes to a close. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services Parties to the Minamata Convention renewed their commitment to phasing out the use of products which contain mercury and to promote ...

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