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Alleged environmental degradation: ECOWAS court fixes Oct. 27 for $37bn damages suit

Gas flaring

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has fixed Oct. 27, 2020 to hear a $37 billion suit in damages filed by 11 persons representing the oil producing communities. Gas flaring In a statement on Tuesday, October 6, the court said that the plaintiffs sought compensation for the alleged environmental degradation, pollution and health hazards caused by natural gas flared through oil ...

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Radio Report: Implications of sand mining in Lagos

lagos sand mining

The building industry is one sector that has created huge opportunities for both the skilled and unskilled in Lagos to earn a living. But this, no doubt, has led to increase in sand mining activities in parts of the state, with attendant environmental and economic consequences. Against this backdrop, correspondent Innocent Onoh takes a look at sand mining and its ...

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Pope Francis urges citizens to advocate for climate change

Pope Francis

Sept. 1 marks the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and Pope utilised the occasion to call on faithful to save planet from ‘debris, desolation and filth’ Pope Francis called on Thursday for concerted action against environmental degradation and climate change, renewing a fierce attack on consumerism and financial greed which, he said, were threatening the planet. ...

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Ogoniland clean-up: Standing before history


As President Muhammadu Buhari flags-off the cleaning of the environment of Ogoniland today, Thursday 02 June 2016, environmental activist Ninimmo Bassey says history is in the making. He acknowledges the labours of past heroes like the late Ken Saro-Wiwa towards making the day a reality The submission of the UNEP report on the assessment of the Ogoni environment in August ...

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HOMEF: Legacy of Ken Saro-Wiwa, 20 years after

On the 10th of November 1995, 20 years ago, Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni patriots were hanged by the military regime of General Sani Abacha following a trial that received world-wide condemnation. Ken Saro-Wiwa’s activities prior to his death and the execution have become pivotal points in the environmental justice movement, says the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF). Ken ...

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Lagos shuts down churches, firms over noise pollution


The Lagos State Government has shut down 22 religious houses and three companies over noise pollution and environmental degradation. This is coming barely four weeks after it shut about 40 churches and mosques statewide. Rasheed Shabi, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), explained that government took the decision after inspecting some of the facilities that violated the state’s ...

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Bodo spill: Shell’s N16 billion compensation ‘inadequate’

Bodo oil spill

Civil rights organisation, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), has picked holes in the agreement by oil giant, Shell, to pay a penalty of about 55 million Pounds Sterling (about N16 billion) to 15,600 Bodo fishermen and community for the extensive crude oil spills of 2008/2009. The group nonetheless describes the development as a welcome news “for a New ...

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‘Nigeria sits on environmental health time bomb’

Just when Nigerians are counting on the possibility that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, will be counted among the best cities of the world, facts about how well-planned cities are rated have begun to emerge, and the indices suggest that some Abuja high-brow districts are far from measuring up to international standards. It has been disclosed that, environmentally speaking, Asokoro, ...

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How environmental degradation induces insecurity, insurgency

Environmental activists and experts are of the view that deliberate efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Nigeria will help to check the wave of insecurity in the country. According to them, a large chunk of the insecurity around the world can be directly or indirectly linked to environmental issues such as pollution and desert encroachment. They argue that environmental pollution ...

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Bassey: Time to clean up Niger Delta mess

About this time last year this writer had the tough job of settling a dispute between two friends. One is a Nigerian from the Niger Delta and the other a South Africa from the Witbank area. Their argument was over which was the most polluted place in Africa. Was it the oil fields of the Niger Delta or the coalmine ...

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