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Government commercialises River Basin Development Authorities

Alex Okoh

The Federal Government has begun the partial commercialisation of four River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) in the country. Mr Alex Okoh, Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), in a statement issued by Amina Othman, Head, Public Communications, BPE, on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Abuja, said the RBDAs are the Niger-Delta, Sokoto-Rima, Ogun-Osun and Upper Niger. He said this at ...

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UNIDO to sign fresh $60m Nigeria country programme

Li Yong

The Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Li Yong, will visit Nigeria on a two-day official assignment from November 19 to 20, 2018. This is Yong’s second visit to Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – since he assumed office as head of the UN organisation in 2013. One of Yong’s major engagement in Nigeria will be the historic ...

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California Camp Fire death jumps to 63, missing 631

California wildfires

Investigators in California revealed on the night of Thursday, November 15, 2018 that another seven sets of human remains have been found in the northern part of the state’s Camp Fire, bringing the total number of people killed to 63. Butte County Sheriff, Kory Honea, said that of those found dead, 53 have been positively identified. Three of the bodies ...

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African ministers adopt Pan-African action agenda on ecosystem restoration


African Ministers of Environment together with partner organisations have committed to an ambitious action agenda taking a coherent approach to addressing the interlinked challenges of biodiversity loss, land degradation and climate change. The action agenda will accelerate commitments for ecosystem restoration to improve resilience in the region.  Their deliberations represented the opening sessions of the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference. The ...

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Greenpeace Africa celebrates decade of environmental activism

Njeri Kabeberi

Greenpeace celebrates in November 2018 10 years of environmental activism on the African continent. Partnering with artists, volunteers and other civil society organisations, the environmental watchdog is organising an open day to spark an environmental revolution. As part of commemorative activities in South Africa and Senegal, artwork will be used to encourage partners and Africans to celebrate their individual acts ...

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Bonga oil spill: Government urged to prevail on Shell to pay $3.6bn fine

Oil spill pollution

Artisanal fishermen in the Niger Delta, affected by the Dec. 2011 Bonga oil spill, have urged the Federal Government to compel Shell to pay the $3.6 billion fine for the spill. Rev Samuel Ayadi, Coordinator, Niger Delta zone, Artisana Fishermen Association of Nigeria, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State ...

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Sahel needs $157bn annually to meet SDGs – Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, says an estimated $157 billion is needed annually to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Sahel region. Mohammed stated this in her remarks to the Annual Session of the Peace building Commission with the theme: “Peace building and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel Region”. The UN deputy chief said the Sahel offered ...

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UN to explore resilience, climate change in Sahel, Caribbean

Hurricane Irma

Following the recent landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) saying that it is still possible to limit climate change to 1.5°C, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold two meetings exploring resilience in climate-vulnerable areas. These are Africa’s Sahel region (which has seen higher temperature, recurrent droughts and severe land degradation) and the ...

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Shell decries frequent sabotage of pipeline, spills in Bayelsa

Osagie Okunbor

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Monday, November 12, 2018 decried the high rate of vandalism on its pipeline network at its oilfields in Bayelsa State resulting to oil leaks and pollution of the environment. Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, the Media Relations Manager at SPDC, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the oil firm expressed regrets at the incessant spills ...

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Buhari seeks Lake Chad intervention as NCF visits

NCF Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will continue to keep the issue of reviving the Lake Chad on the front burner and exert more commitment from the developed countries to do the needful. Buhari gave the assurance when he received the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and his investiture as Patron of the Foundation, at the State House, Abuja, on Friday, ...

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