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Incorporating sound chemicals management in MDGs, Vision 20/2020 dreams

Experts have underlined the need for a well-coordinated mechanism that would ensure the eventual incorporation of sound chemicals management priorities and recommended activities in the Vision 20/2020 document. They likewise observed that the endeavour is essential to attaining the millennium development goals (MDGs). Besides the overlapping of organisational responsibilities at the national, regional and local levels, they are however worried ...

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Monsoon in West Africa

West Africa is home to about 317 million people. Communities in the sub-region and the entire sub-Saharan Africa depend strongly on rainfall where 65 percent of the labour force and 95 percent of the land is devoted to agriculture. Scientists portend that if the Five-Sigma Model relative to climatology occurs, Africa may be faced with a monsoon that will affect ...

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Ozone layer: Nigeria to complete HCFCs’ phase-out

Nigeria has made progress in the implementation of the Hydro-Chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) Phase-out Management Plan. Government said the aim is to achieve the first phase of the control measure for the substances in line with the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The National Ozone Officer in the Ministry of Environment, Kassimu Bayero, disclosed this in an ...

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Chemicals management policy underway

A collaboration involving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Swedish Chemicals Agency and the Federal Ministry of Environment is executing a project aimed at mainstreaming sound management of chemicals into the Millennium Development Goals-based plans and policies. A week ago in Abuja, participants at a two-day event rose at the close of the forum and adopted the draft final report ...

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Gas flaring threatens health of Kaduna residents

Residents of Kaduna in northwest Nigeria, especially those living close to the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), have expressed reservations over a potential health hazard posed by gas flaring from the nearby refinery. The smoke emitted by the refinery’s chimneys, according to them hovers over their area and goes beyond 10 kilometers in radius, affecting many residents in the ...

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Chemists seek national analytic laboratory

Professional chemists, operating under the auspices of the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN), are calling for the establishment of a National Public Analytic Laboratory in the country. The laboratory, they believe, will give Nigerians the opportunity to analyse materials, food and cosmetic samples in order to ensure there is improve standard and quality in what is offered to ...

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A tale of two dams

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned that the rains will be intensive this year and that communities located along the Niger River basin should brace up for more flood. NIMET officials gave the prediction recently while presenting the agency’s report of this year’s rainfall expectations. They put the commencement of the rains from February running through June, with a ...

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Journalists to train on mapping environmental issues

Environmental science journalists organisations from Brazil, Europe, Latvia, Nigeria, Philippines, and Romania are collaborating to organise training sessions under a programme being supported by the European Community. Tagged “Flag It!”, the project will teach young journalists how to use digital tools to map environmental issues. Brazilian environmental journalist, Gustavo Faleiros (of O Eco), will facilitate the training sessions. Funded by ...

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Asiodu clamours national environment agenda

Nigeria needs an environmental agenda to enable it grow sustainably. President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Chief Philip Asiodu, stated this during the 11th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture held recently in Lagos. According to him, the country is faced with various environmental challenges like forest degradation, marine and fresh water depletion, as well as pressure on available ...

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Toxic waste: NESRA to sanction detained ship

Director-General of the National Environmental Standard and Regulatory Agency (NESRA), Dr. Ngeri Benebo, has said that the agency will place a heavy sanction on the e-waste ship that was arrested on Wednesday. Benebo said on Thursday that, upon its apprehension, it was discovered that the ship was carrying e-waste that is hazardous to human health. Consequently, she added, the ship would be ...

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