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Nigeria begins preparation of second Biennial Update Report on climate change

BUR2 Stakeholders Inception Workshop

A virtual Stakeholders Inception Workshop held on Friday, September 18, 2020 has initiated activities for the development of Nigeria’s Second Biennial Update Report (BUR2) on climate change. Participants at the virtual BUR2 Stakeholders Inception Workshop The event was organised by the Department of Climate Change (DCC) in the Federal Ministry of Environment with the support of the United Nations Development ...

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Sustainable economy: Environmentalists canvass alternatives to oil

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

Two environmentists on Thursday, September 17, 2020 suggested alternatives to the Nigerian oil revenue driven-economy in order to foster a sustainable environment for the country. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar The environmentists are Mr Solomon Adefolu, a Climate  Programme Lead Officer with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), and Prof. Eden Eniang, the Director of  Biodiverty Preservation Centre, Uyo. ...

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Tobacco industry interfering in Nigerian govt policies, report reveals

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have launched the 2020 tobacco industry interference index report for Nigeria. The report of the survey forms part of the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index – a global survey of how public health policies are protected from the industry’s subversive efforts, and how governments have ...

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Nigeria to hold youth consultation on climate plan enhancement

Nigerian youths at COP25

In continued efforts to ensure youth involvement and active engagement in climate policy development, the Federal Ministry of Environment is partnering with a non-profit German foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), to conduct a nationwide Youth Consultation on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Enhancement in Nigeria. Ike Ikweremadu (Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment) with Nigerian youths at COP25 in Madrid, Spain The ...

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SERAP, CODE seek details as govt admits spending N31bn in four months to fight COVID-19

Ahmed Idris

 The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that it “spent N30,540,563,571.09 , representing 84% of the N36.3 billion public funds and donations received to respond to COVID-19 between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020, leaving the balance of N5.9 billion.” Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, stated this in response to ...

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CAPPA describes fuel price increase ‘inhuman’, ‘insensitive’

Muhammadu Buhari

Last Wednesday’s increase in pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)  by the federal government is insensitive and an affront on the collective sensibilities of Nigerians who have endured pains and agony in the last five years, the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has said. President Muhammadu Buhari The increase, which was announced by the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company ...

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Nigeria confirms 125 new COVID-19 cases, total now 54,588

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 125 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, bringing the nation’s confirmed cases to 54,588. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Thursday, September 3, 2020. It said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, ...

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Open defecation practice to end in Nigeria by 2025

Suleiman Adamu

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will end open defecation practice by 2025. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Adamu gave this assurance at a Ministerial Press Briefing to mark his one year re-appointment in Abuja on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. He noted that although only 27 out of the 774 local government areas were ...

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Why climate change education should be included in schools’ curriculum

Lagos flood

Climate change can be regarded as one of the utmost challenges facing the world today and it is possibly the single most significant environmental problem of our time. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has adopted a firmly unequivocal and more urgent tone declaring that climate change is happening faster and, in some cases, with more severe impacts than ...

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Growing the economy of Nigerian states to achieve their true potential

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria, 60 years after independence, is at a crossroad and the economy needs urgent reforms. With oil and gas which accounts for about 10% of Nigeria GDP, 50% of government revenues and over 90% of export earnings with crude oil trading at less than $40. Now more than ever we need to reverse this overdependence on oil. President Muhammadu Buhari ...

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