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Sahel crisis reaching unprecedented levels, UN warns

António Guterres

Insecurity and armed attacks in the Sahel region have reached unprecedented levels, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo credit: UN /Mark Garten UN spokesperson, Mr Farhan Haq, told newsmen in New York on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 that OCHA gave the warning in a report presented to UN ...

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WFP adopts new strategic plans to expand support to Nigeria

Myrta Kaulard

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is to expand its four-year support to humanitarian and development programmes in Nigeria. Myrta Kaulard Myrta Kaulard, WFP Representative and Country Director in Nigeria, said in a statement on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in Abuja that it was based on a new Country Strategic Plan (CSP) between 2019 to 2022. The WFP Executive ...

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Palm oil development leaves Liberians poorer, says winner of ‘Green Nobel’

Alfred Brownell

Palm oil plantations in Liberia are billed as bringing jobs and development but leave locals poorer, says a Liberian lawyer who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday, April 29, 2019. Alfred Brownell. Photo credit: Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University The U.S.-based Goldman Environmental Foundation gives the prize – often known as the Green Nobel – to six grassroots activists each ...

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Stakeholders seek rights protection in EIA to curb crisis

Multi-Stakeholders Consultative Meeting

Stakeholders have called for inclusion of social and human rights protective mechanisms in the Nigerian environmental impact assessment to mitigate crises in extractive laden areas in the country. Participants at the Multi-Stakeholders Consultative Meeting in Abuja The call was made at a one-day Multi-Stakeholders Consultative Meeting on Integrating Social and Human Right Impact Assessment into the Environmental Impact Assessment Policy ...

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Otodo Gbame evictees seek justice, compensation

Otodo Gbame community evictees

The Nigeria Slum/Informal Settlement Federation is standing in solidarity with the over 30,000 people who were evicted in a state-led land grab from Otodo Gbame community in Lagos in November 9, 2017. Protesting Otodo Gbame community evictees They are demanding the immediate resettlement of evictees from the land from which they were forcefully evicted, as well as full and adequate ...

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Shell delivers N150m capacity development programme for Bonny youths


No fewer than 12 young entrepreneurs from host communities to the Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal in Rivers State have benefitted from a N150 million capacity development and empowerment programme by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). L-R: Manager, Nigeria Content Development, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Olanrewaju Olawuyi; SPDC Training and Empowerment ...

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Philippines hopes to totally eradicate hunger by 2030

President Rodrigo Duterte

The Philippines hopes to “totally eradicate’’ hunger by 2030, an official said on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte of The Philippines The official added that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would soon order the creation of an inter-agency task force that would focus on hunger eradication. Citing government data Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that 2.4 million families in ...

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UNDP executes projects, develops recovery data base in Borno

Achim Steiner

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it has developed a Recovery Data-Base to fast track sustainable humanitarian interventions in Borno State. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms Eno Jonathan, UNDP’s Communication Analyst in the northeast, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Sunday, March 31, 2019. She said the data ...

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Lagos varsity students develop software to unmask human traffickers

UNILAG students

After 29-hours of coding marathon, three students of the University of Lagos have developed the software to unmask human traffickers, track, rescue and rehabilitate victims while also creating awareness about the odious industry. The winning team of UNILAG students: L-R: Eyitayo Ogunbiyi, Chukwudumebi Onwuli and David Popoola The students emerged winners of #Hackathon4Justice event organised in Lagos between March 22 ...

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13.5m Afghans suffering from severe food insecurity, says UN

Toby Lanzer

No fewer than 13.5 million Afghans across the war-torn and poverty-stricken country are suffering from severe food insecurity, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Toby Lanzer According to UNAMA deputy chief Toby Lanzer, many of those people have to survive on less than one meal a day. He added that he could ...

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