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Solar power for rural areas: The Jigawa experience

There is a revolution going on in Jigawa State. In what appears like the original blueprint for the Federal Government’s recently launched operation “Light-Up Rural Nigeria”, Governor Sule Lamido, right from the time he assumed office seven years ago, embarked on an aggressive programme of incubating a rural solar ecosystem. In pastoral communities which normally would never dream of seeing ...

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Epidemic looms as Atlantic Ocean inundates Lagos community

For the umpteenth time on Saturday, May 31, 2014, residents of Okun Alfa Community by the Alpha Beach along the Lagos coastline on the Lekki Peninsula, Eti-Osa Local Council, were inundated by flood waters from the Atlantic Ocean. The water intruded into their homes and businesses, rendering some homeless and stranded. Flooding has always been a challenge faced by Lagos ...

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Conference rejects special court, endorses resource democracy

  Applause and knocks last week greeted the report of the Committee on Environment when it was presented to the plenary session of the on-going National Conference in Abuja. In particular, the committee’s recommendations demanding the removal of the Land Use Act from the 1999 Constitution and the establishment of a special court to deal with environmental issues received mixed ...

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Saro-Wiwa: Keeping silent is treason

  At the occasion of third Sustainability Academy of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Director of HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, in Bori, Ogoni pays tribute to late environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa   When Ken Saro-Wiwa wrote that silence was tantamount to treason he knew what he was saying. When he declared in the dock that We All Stand Before History, ...

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West Africa faces up to an environmental crisis

People in West Africa are confronting enormous environmental problems, and Canada isn’t part of the solution, writes David Israelson, a writer and consultant based in Toronto Lots of people who fish complain about their catch, but Abdulahi Traore has good reason. “We don’t catch what our families can consume for a day,” he says, pointing to a plastic box holding ...

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Stakeholders step up moves to conserve Niger Delta’s biodiversity

A major step was taken recently in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, where nature conservation practitioners gathered for two days to fashion out a way to save the threatened biological diversity of the Niger Delta region in Nigeria. While it harbors a large reserve of untapped oil and gas, the sprawling region is characterised by high biodiversity, abundant natural ...

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Experts to Confab: How to repair nation’s degraded environment

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Concerned by the lack of sufficient enabling laws to protect the environment coupled with the devastating effects of climate change in the country, a group of environment and climate change experts recently in Abuja presented a memorandum to the Environment Committee of the National Conference. The forum was facilitated by the Abuja-based Nigeria country office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). ...

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Bewildered Nwajiuba to Mallam: Why, why and why?

Executive Director, Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST), and Delegate to the on-going National Conference, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, recently in Abuja confronts Environment Minister, Laurentia Mallam, with some issues of interest   Some Nigerians, since the commencement of Committee work at the on-going National Conference, familiar with my work on Environment in the country, have written-in a number of concerns ...

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World Cup host city in Amazon jungle

Barely two months to the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, a rather peculiar host city for the event has continued to generate global attention. At the centre of the controversy is the city of Manaus, which is situated at the heart of the Amazon rainforest, which is believed to be the largest tropical rainforest in the world. ...

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Earth is in deep trouble, says IPCC report

A UN climate impact report, released on Monday, gives the clearest and most comprehensive evidence yet that the earth we call home is in deep trouble. It reinforces the sobering view that climate change is real, it’s happening now and it’s affecting the lives and the livelihoods of people as well as the sensitive ecosystems that sustain life. This is ...

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