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Before Kangimi Dam fails

failed dam

Communities around Kangimi Dam in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have raised an alarm over the deteriorating state of the dam. They fear that if action is not urgently taken a disastrous failure could occur. This situation reminded me of a similar alarm that was raised by cracks on Tiga Dam in 1988, 30 years ago. In response ...

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Several deaths due to extreme heat in Melbourne as Australia swelters

Melbourne heat

Extreme heat has caused several deaths across the states in Victoria on Friday, January 19 2018, emergency services said, as five of the eight states and territories sweltered above 40 degrees Celsius. Since Thursday, emergency workers responded to more than 30 cardiac arrest calls, a significant spike, and several of them had died, Ambulance Victoria’s state commander, Paul Holman, said. ...

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CSOs back cattle colonies, say they will end herdsmen/farmers clashes

New Zealand cattle

The Network of Nigeria Civil Society Organisations said on Thursday, January 18, 2018 that it was in support of the Federal Government’s move to establish cattle colonies across the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Network is a coalition of civil society groups. Mr Slendour Agbonkpolor, the Director-General of the organisation, told newsmen in Abuja that he ...

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Osinbajo inaugurates AfDB country office, hails $6b portfolio

AfDB building Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, January 18, 2018 inaugurated the Country Office of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and hailed the bank’s $6 billion portfolio in Nigeria which he said enhanced job creation. Osinbajo said he was particularly delighted that the bank was working closely with the administration in addressing the challenges caused the people emerging from insurgency in ...

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Illegal wildlife trade funds organised crimes, says Fagbohun

Nigerian Conservation Foundation

Proceeds from illegal wildlife trade are used to fund organised criminal activities like insurgency and kidnapping around the world. Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, disclosed this on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 during the 16th S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos. The lecture, titled “Combating ...

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Residents groan as refuse heaps accumulate in Lagos

Lagos refuse

Some residents of Lawanson and Mushin environs of Lagos State are groaning over the continued accumulation of refuse heaps in theie neighbourhood. The residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 17 2018, called on the relevant authorities to intensify efforts in evacuating the refuse currently scattered all over the place. NAN reports that piles ...

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Communities raise alarm over cracks in Kaduna dam

Nasir el Rufai

Six communities around Kangimi Dam in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have called on the state government to quickly repair the damaged walls of the dam to avert imminent disaster. The communities in a statement said the walls of the dam had developed cracks after a thunder hit the site in October 2017. The statement, signed by Malam ...

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Seek justice, reparation for herdsmen attack victims, SERAP tells Buhari

Mass funeral

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that “any efforts by his government to prevent and combat attacks by herdsmen across the country is grounded in the rights of victims of unlawful killings and their families. It’s important to ensure that any policy to tackle the problem is not used as a ploy ...

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EU suspends funding to Kenya over indigenous human rights violations

Sengwer indigenous people

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 suspended a multi-million-euro project in the face of mounting evidence that its funds were being used to carry out violent human rights abuses. The news came less than 24 hours after guards working from the EU-funded Kenya Forestry Service mounted a raid in Embobut Forest, where the Sengwer indigenous people live, ...

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Why heaps of refuse litter Lagos, by government

Cleaner Lagos Initiative

The 57 Chairmen of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 attributed the uncleared waste in some parts of the state to the transition period in relation to the effective implementation of a new waste management policy by the authorities. In the bid to overhaul the existing solid waste management process, ...

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