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Tribunal to hear rights violations, environmental degradation cases in Lagos

Nnimmo Bassey

Friends of the Earth Africa through its Forest & Biodiversity Programme holds the first session of the African Peoples Tribunal from November 25 to 27, 2020 in Lagos Nigeria. Nnimmo Bassey of HOMEF is one of the five jurors of the Tribunal Affected communities and civil society will bring testimonies on cases of human rights violations and environmental degradation connected ...

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Over 1m people affected by floods in South Sudan, says UN

South Sudan flood

The UN humanitarian agency said an estimated 1.03 million people have been affected by flooding across South Sudan since July 2020. Flooding in South Sudan The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) disclosed this on Thursday, November 19 in Juba. The UN said Jonglei region has been the worst affected with 404,000 people, followed by the Greater ...

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Nigeria, others to benefit as UN releases $100m to guard against famine

Mark Lowcock

The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic, fuelled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Lowcock, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, head of the ...

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Activist identifies development challenges in oil host community

Dr Otive Igbuzor

A developmental activist, Dr Otive Igbuzor, says various developmental challenges associated with oil production had affected the development of oil host communities in the country. Dr Otive Igbuzor Igbuzor made this known at a Host Community Colloquium on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. He made the submission in presentation titled: “The ...

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PIB proposes revocation of licences of oil firms over neglect of host communities

Timipre Sylva

The new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) before the National Assembly is proposing the revocation of licenses for oil and gas companies who neglect their obligations to the host communities. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva The bill revealed that the power to revoke the licenses is vested on the Minister of Petroleum Resources. According to the bill, ...

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Rights defenders seek intervention in W/Africa’s political tensions, condemn shooting of protesters in Nigeria

EndSARS Protest

The Mano River Union Civil Society Natural Resources Rights and Governance Platform (MRU CSO Platform) is alarmed over the rising political insecurity in the West African sub-region and calls for prompt actions to prevent any potential conflict. Of specific concern is the prevailing situation that has marred the election in Guinea, the killing of protesters in Nigeria and the looming ...

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Group wants court to declare electricity tariff, fuel price hike illegal

Muhammadu Buhari

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 302 concerned Nigerians have filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly, asking the court to “declare illegal, unconstitutional and unfair the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price because top level public officers cannot continue to receive the same salaries and allowances and spend ...

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Gates Foundation decorates Hauwa Ojeifo for work on global goals

Hauwa Ojeifo

Founder, She Writes Women, Hauwa Ojeifo, has been awarded as 2020 Goalkeepers Global Goals Changemaker by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the continually outstanding work on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Goal 5, Gender Equality, and Goal 3, Good Health and wellbeing with her organisation. Hauwa Ojeifo The Changemaker Award is given by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ...

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Sokoto sets up tree plantation to support girl-child education

Sokoto Plantation

The Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Commission has set up a plantation of economic trees at Government Girls College for Islamic Science Shuni, to support girl-child education in the state. Planting tree seedlings at the plantation Commission Chairman, Malam Muhammad Maidoki, said on Saturday, September 5, 2020 that the gesture is part of efforts to ensure that no girl student ...

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How COVID-19 pandemic worsened educational inequality in Nigeria

Boma Nkiruka Okereke

Educational inequality is a major challenge in the path to development and economic prosperity in Nigeria. Typically, the children of the poor suffer from a lack of access to decent schools, qualified and experienced teachers, books, and education-enhancing infrastructure and technologies while the children of the rich get the best of the public and expensive private schools in the country ...

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