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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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Govt inaugurates Inter-Ministerial Committee to actualise 25-million-tree programme

25m trees committee

The Federal Government has inaugurated an Inter-Ministerial Committee to implement President Muhammadu Buhari’s plans for 25 million trees in the country. Minister of Environment, Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar (middle); Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor (left); and Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ibukun Odusote, during the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on 25 million trees Dr Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of ...

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Nigeria benefits as GEF approves work programme for green cities, nature, climate change

GEF 57th council meeting

Out of the several programmes and projects approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) at its 57th council meeting in Washington DC, Nigeria has been listed to benefit from three. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, addressing the 57th Council meeting in Washington DC These include the Africa Mini-Grids, Global Cleantech Innovation and Food, Land Use and Restoration ...

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Winners emerge in ERA’s Tobacco Control Challenge

ERA/FoEN Tobacco Control Rap Challenge

The grand finale of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) Tobacco Control Rap Challenge held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at a ceremony in Lagos attended by tobacco control advocates and youth groups. Participants at the ERA/FoEN Tobacco Control Rap Challenge The competition, which started on September 2, targeted creating awareness on enforcement of the National Tobacco ...

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Julius Berger, CCECC, 37 others jostle for Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge contract

4th Mainland Bridge impression

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 unveiled 39 construction companies who have expressed interest in the construction of the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge in the state. An impression of the proposed Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge Some of the firms are Julius Berger, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Kyeryong Construction Company, Pythgoras Holdings and CRCCCI Nigeria. China ...

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Dutch farmers angered by environmental regulations, block streets

Dutch farmers

Hundreds of farmers protested the Dutch government’s environmental regulations on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, blocking streets with tractors, including the border with Germany. Dutch farmers block roads with their tractors ANP, a Dutch news agency, reported that demonstrations blocked the border crossing between Coevorden, in the Drenth province, and Lower Saxony. In the Netherlands, the biggest demonstration drew hundreds of ...

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Egypt, Burundi, Madagascar get AfDB infrastructure lifeline

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved funds to address infrastructure development challenges in Egypt, Burundi and Madagascar. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina While AfDB approved €109 million to transform sewage coverage in Upper Egypt rural areas, the bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) grants $1 million to support innovative solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi, and Madagascar got a guarantee ...

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EU negotiators agree terms for environmentally friendly investments

European Parliament

EU negotiators have agreed to a set of criteria for investments to be labelled as environmentally friendly, amid a push to overhaul the bloc’s economy in order to address the challenges of climate change. The European Parliament “The agreement sets the world’s first gold standards for private investments,” said Dutch socialist EU lawmaker, Paul Tang. According to him, this will ...

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Court orders transfer of oil well from Bayelsa to Rivers


The Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered the transfer of Soku oil field from Bayelsa State to Rivers State, adjudged by it to be the rightful owner. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Governor of Rivers State Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order on Monday, December 16, 2019 while delivering judgment in a suit instituted by Rivers Government against the Attorney-General of Bayelsa ...

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