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LAGOS — Three high-level wildlife traffickers have been arrested by the Nigeria Custom Office with a huge haul of pangolin scales and ivory to be shipped abroad. The traffickers were intercepted by the law enforcement agency from trafficking 7.1 tons of pangolin scales and 846 kg of ivory. This arrest is the ninth-largest seizure of pangolin scales in the last three years according to a statement issued by Isabel Leal of the Wildlife Justice Commission....

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ENUGU — Enugu State Government has declared Saturday, June 26 for statewide environmental sanitation. The Managing Director of the Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA), Mrs. Amaka Anajemba, announced this on Wednesday in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. Anajemba stated that the exercise holds from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., adding that there would be restrictions on human and vehicular movement during the period. She further stated that environmental...

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AWKA — The Anambra government has called on residents to shun unhealthy environmental practices which were contributing to erosion menace and other degradation. Mr. Obi Nwankwo, Commissioner for Environment in Anambra made the call at an event marking the 2021 World Environment Day (WED) celebration in Awka on Saturday. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Ecosystem Restoration” Nwankwo who was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Okafor, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry said erosion was the...

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By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz, Regional Correspondent _____ Amidst the second wave of the dreadful coronavirus, the management of the University of Jos, UNIJOS, has approved the immediate sale of what it termed “a homemade herbal tea” for the prevention of the viral infection. An internal memo signed by the institution’s registrar, Monday Danjem, on January 11, directed that the beverage — produced by UNIJOS’ Africa Centre of Excellence in Phytomedicine be sold at an affordable price....

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Nigerian government is set to increase its national part to 17 from the 10 it currently manages. The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of additional 10 national parks. The Minister said, “The President has graciously approved the establishment of 10 additional national parks bringing the total number of the national parks in the country to 17. “To give...

Behind the suburban Amadi-Ama community in southern Port Harcourt is a vital inland water body. This is Amadi creek, an estuary which lies on the north of the Bonny River, upstream from the Bight of Benin. Aside the destructive oil spills, the waterway is also struggling with the swirly toxicity of plastic junks, exposing the fauna to more harm. Indeed, the negligence of Nigerians and the disinclination of the government to control single use of...

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The negligence of Nigerians and the disinclination of the government to control single use of plastic is exposing marine life and the entire ecosystem to its hazard. Beloved John who was in Port Harcourt, a populated coastal city in Nigeria, reports how the plastic plague is damaging aquatic life and it impacts on humans.   Behind the suburban Amadi-Ama community in southern Port Harcourt is a vital inland water body. This is Amadi creek, an...

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The National Parks Services has called on the three tiers of government, agencies and relevant stakeholders to promote ecotourism. Dr Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General of National Parks Services made the call at a virtual meeting held on Monday in Abuja. Goni assured that ecotourism would generate revenue for stakeholders while patrons’ interests would be rekindled. “I am calling on the government and other relevant stakeholders to come to the aid of the National Parks Services by...

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As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem. The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment. Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes,...

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The Swiss government will impose a 10-day quarantine on arrivals from ‘high-risk’ countries from July 6, according to a statement by the Federal Council. The council said on Thursday that the quarantine requirement would be imposed due to the increase in new infections, “Since mid-June, the new coronavirus has experienced an upsurge in Switzerland after infected people entered the country from Schengen and non-Schengen states beyond Europe’s open borders zone. “Consequently, from July 6, anyone...

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