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Fodeke: Sea level rise threatens nation’s seaports, oil installations

The nation’s vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate change will cost it dearly, according to an expert. Dr Victor Fodeke, formerly Nigeria’s climate chief, is particularly worried over the threat of extensive damage to petrochemical industrial installations presently concentrated in the coastal belt from sea-level rise. According to him, the numerous industries clustering around Nigeria’s seaports are seriously threatened ...

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Ezeilo: I look forward to being the first West African on Antarctica

Abuja-based sustainable development strategist and youth activist, Michael-Donovan Ezeilo, has been nominated to be part of the 2041 International Antarctica Expedition (IAE) – as a Youth Ambassador to advocate for Clean Energy and Safe Eco-habitats. The team will be led by Robert Swan (OBE). Ezeilo, who is Executive Director, Culture Green, remarked: “I will be attempting to be the first ...

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Ifokobale: From metal recycling to air pollution

Ifokobale, one of the communities that make up Ogijo, a border town between Lagos and Ogun states had experienced a fairly pleasant environment prior to the establishment of some companies that the residents thought would upgrade the up and coming suburb. The quest for socio-economic gains has been viewed as the main cause of environmental and physical pain, and of note ...

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Odey: Why I was labelled ‘Mr. Lake Nyos’

Former Environment Minister, John Odey, has revealed that his passion towards ensuring the speedy execution of the N4.2 billion Kashimbilla/Gamovo Multipurpose Buffer Dam project in Taraba State while in office earned him a nickname among his peers in the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Odey, who served as Environment Minister between December 2008 and May 2011, said that he was labelled ...

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Agric budget and threat of food insecurity

Last week, President Goodluck Jonathan presented the 2013 proposal to the joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives, where he submitted, among others, that the budget is one that gives priority to food security. However, the N81.41 billion budget provision for Agriculture and Rural Development has apparently not captured the recent flooding mishap nationwide, which has put the ...

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Federal Govt votes N17.6b to states, agencies for flood

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has allocated the sum of N17.6 billion to states and agencies to cushion the effect of floods in many parts of the country. The breakdown of the figure shows that N13.3 billion goes to the affected states, while agencies involved in tackling the disaster will receive N4.3 billion. The president made the announcement on Tuesday morning ...

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Flood: Fears of famine as East-West highway is threatened

The Delta State Government has expressed fears that, following the extensive flooding being experienced in the state, famine is looming, and that the East may be cut off from the rest of the country. The over two weeks of ravaging flood in the state, besides claiming the lives of a traditional ruler as well as over 10 others, has submerged houses, ...

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Fresh flood worries as govt warns of Lake Nyos collapse

The spate of flooding spreading across the land may not abate soon. In fact, if recent revelations are anything to go by, the situation is about to worsen. The latest threat is coming from the least expected source: a harmless-looking but notorious lake in neighbouring Cameroon known more for releasing killer gases than causing flooding: the Lake Nyos. Exasperated officials ...

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Makurdi flood zone becomes tourist haven

The Makurdi floods have become some sort of a tourist attraction for many residents of the Benue State Capital. After much persuasion from family members to pay a visit to the worst hit part of the town by the floods, I drove my two boys, cousin, uncle, aunty and an in-law through the grid-lock Wurukum Roundabout area where they started ...

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Flood: 5,000 homes submerged in Kogi, 370,000 homeless in Edo

Lokoja, the Kogi State capital city, is one of the numerous locations severely flooded as a result of torrential rainfall and release of water from the Kainji Dam along the course of the River Niger. Banda, a town which is about 30 minutes from Lokoja, is also one of the worst hit, with the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway cut into two at ...

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