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<strong>Climate Change Behind South Africa’s Devastating Floods</strong>
Environment, News, South Africa

Climate Change Behind South Africa’s Devastating Floods

A report by the World Weather Attribution (WWA), an international group of climate scientists, released on Friday has found that climate change led to increased rainfall that caused devastating flooding in South Africa last month. It's one of the first reports on the devastating floods that hit KwaZulu-Natal in April – described as the worst in 60 years. The floods left more than 430 people dead, tens of thousands displaced and millions of dollars’ worth of damage. A team of scientists from South Africa, Europe and the US collaborated on a study to see what role climate change played in the recent floods and what lessons can be learned. The flooding occurred as a direct consequence of two days of extreme rainfall in the region, at unexpected levels. The WWA report says man...
Lagos Announces Closure Of Roads In Marina Friday for Shonekan’s Burial
Environment, Lagos News, Life, Transportation

Lagos Announces Closure Of Roads In Marina Friday for Shonekan’s Burial

The Lagos State Government has said it will be diverting traffic along Inner Marina to Outer Marina by Oando Filling Station due to the burial service of the late former Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan. The diversion will begin from 5.00 am till 6.00 pm on Friday, 4th February 2022. Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde explained that all adjoining and feeder roads leading to Inner Marina road to Nitel building would be cordoned off. He advised Motorists to utilize JK Randle street through Force road to connect Broad street and continue their journey as Inner Marina road/Odunlami Street from Outer Marina road will be barred from vehicular movement. See Also: BREAKING: Former Nigerian Interim Leader, Ernest Shonekan Is Dead In the ...
How Firewood Smoke Kills 90,000 Nigerians Annually – Minister
Environment, Health, News, Nigeria

How Firewood Smoke Kills 90,000 Nigerians Annually – Minister

The federal government has said that more than 90,000 people, mainly women and children, die annually from smoke and other complications from firewood. The Minister for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed that 70 percent of Nigeria's population still depends solely on fuel wood in meeting their energy needs for cooking and heating. This was said at the 2021 Nigeria clean cooking forum with which was tagged, “Clean Cooking Energy for All in Nigeria – Achieving the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).” According to Ikeazor, “If current policies are allowed to continue; by 2030, 60 per cent or more of all households in Nigeria will still be cooking with traditional biomass. Dependency on biomass for cooking and or heating purposes increases pressure on local natural resource...
Nvuna River contamination Causes Water Scare in Enugu as Govt Pays Fact-finding Visit
Environment, News, Nigeria

Nvuna River contamination Causes Water Scare in Enugu as Govt Pays Fact-finding Visit

 Mulls emergency boreholes for affected communities Following the directives of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, a government team led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Hon. Anthony Dubem Onyia and the Managing Director of EN-RUWASSA, Dr. Frank Omeje, yesterday, visited the Nvuna River that traverses four communities of Nomeh, Unateze, Mburumbu and Nkerefi in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state, on a fact-finding mission. There were reports that the Nvuna River, which is the major source of water for domestic activities in the four communities, has turned bloody and later blackish in colour, with accusations and counter-accusations pointing at bandits and fishermen. An Ethanol production factory located at Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu State, know...
FG Discovers Gold Deposits Along Abuja-Nasarawa Highway
Environment, News, Nigeria, Politics, Security

FG Discovers Gold Deposits Along Abuja-Nasarawa Highway

The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has discovered gold deposits along the Abuja, Nasarawa axis through the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project. The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, stated this in Abuja while hosting the Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State. According to a statement issued in Abuja by his media aide, Ayodeji Adeyemi, the minister assured his guest that the FMMSD would develop the mineral resources in Nasarawa. He noted that his ministry had resolved to avoid a repeat of the scenario in Zamfara (where bandits were mainly in charge of the gold mining) in Nasarawa State. He added that the NIMEP project, which had cost the ministry N15bn, generated many geoscience data that got foreign investors excited ...
Ministry of Mines Debunks Allegation of CBN Acquiring Gold From Zamfara Government
Environment, News, Nigeria, Politics

Ministry of Mines Debunks Allegation of CBN Acquiring Gold From Zamfara Government

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has discredited claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) bought gold from the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Head of Press and ublic Relations, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Etore Thomas. The statement titled, ‘Zamfara Gold: Putting the Facts Right’, said that the view by a few that some states in the country have the purview to utilise the natural resources within their area for their own use is untrue. It said that all mineral resources are on the Exclusive Legislative list as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended). According to the statement, section 44(3) states "the entire property in and control of all minerals, mineral oils and natural gas in,...
Protesting Youths Set Zik’s Statue Aflame in Onitsha, Anambra
Environment, Infrastructure, News, Nigeria, Violence, Youths

Protesting Youths Set Zik’s Statue Aflame in Onitsha, Anambra

Enraged youths on Thursday set ablaze the statue of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, erected in Onitsha Anambra State. The perpetrators are suspected to be thugs who hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest which was initiated as a movement to end police brutality and bad governance in the country. The monument was erected some months ago by Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano at Dennis Memorial Grammar School roundabout in Onitsha to decorate the commercial hub of the state, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Mr Victor Ononye, a kinsman of the first president of Nigeria while recounting the incident said, “What happened at the DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, which I saw with my own eyes, evoked tears. “They decapitated the hand and went away with his title staff. That is the height of ingrati...
LASG Disowns Viral Video on Sale of Branded Waste Baskets (Video)
Corruption, Environment, Lagos News, News, Nigeria, Politics, Press Statement

LASG Disowns Viral Video on Sale of Branded Waste Baskets (Video)

The Lagos State Government, on Thursday, disowned the viral video, where some uniformed impostors were promoting the sale of branded wastebaskets purportedly on behalf of the State. A statement signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, noted that all the characters in the viral video are fraudsters who do not represent the State Government or any of its agencies.   Bello affirmed that there is no unit or agency under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources that goes by the name “Lagos State Vehicle Waste Basket (LAVWAB) Enforcement/Compliance” as portrayed in the branded vehicle which the fraudsters operated from. He pointed out that the dubious intent of the criminals in the video could be deduced from the fact ...
(Exclusive) Women in Abuja Community Take on Repair of Abandoned Road, Pledge Readiness to Partner With Government
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(Exclusive) Women in Abuja Community Take on Repair of Abandoned Road, Pledge Readiness to Partner With Government

Residents of Byazhin Across, Kubwa a suburb in the Bwari Area Council of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja who have long clamored government’s intervention to fix their deplorable road have been rescued from their misery by “Able women.” The group which is made up of 10 women has taken it upon themselves to fix the road which has long been abandoned in an unmotorable manner causing untold hardship on motorists. In an exclusive interview with African News Today, the group said their action was inspired by the desire to uplift their community in the face of utter neglect by successive governments in the Bwari Area Council of FCT. The leader of the group who simply identified herself as Mrs. Shita said, “The road has been causing mishap and avoidable accidents to motorists, pregnancie...
Relocate Upland to Safer Ground, Red Cross Tells Residents of Flood Prone Communities as NiMet Raises Flood Alert
Environment, News, Nigeria, Safety

Relocate Upland to Safer Ground, Red Cross Tells Residents of Flood Prone Communities as NiMet Raises Flood Alert

The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Enugu Chapter has asked residents of flood prone areas in Enugu State to relocate to safer ground as it aims to avert loss of lives and properties in the event of flood. The call was made when the group embarked on a sensitization campaign in Enugu along with other stakeholders to educate the residents on flood preparedness, mitigation and response. It comes after predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) that 2020 will witness heavy rainfall with potential flood. Speaking during the exercise, the Disaster Management Coordinator of the Red Cross in Enugu, Michael Morris admonished members of the public to be observant and on alert throughout the rainy season and report any flood incident to the appropriate authorities. Morris said...