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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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The Federal Government has raised alarm over rising cases of COVID-19 with spike in the number of confirmed cases, where number of recorded cases jumped to 663 on Tuesday. Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said this at the daily news conference on Thursday in Abuja According to him, Nigeria witnessed a spike in number of confirmed cases when the number of recorded cases jumped to 663 on June...

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Pope Francis on Sunday warned Italians to not let their guard down against coronavirus now that infection rates have fallen and urged them to obey government rules on social distancing and wearing masks. Francis, addressing several hundred people in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday blessing, reacted to applause that broke out when he said their presence, albeit reduced, was a sign that Italy had overcome the acute phase of the pandemic. “Be careful. Don’t...

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As the world celebrates this year’s Environment Day, Plateau environment commissioner Usman Idi has decried the indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents of areas waste evacuators cannot access. The commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Friday in Jos that the situation was impeding the evacuators’ efforts to discharge their duties diligently. He said that the Plateau Environmental Protection And Sanitation Agency (PEPSA) had designated areas for residents to dump their waste to...

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ABUJA – Nigeria announced on Monday it would impose precisely targeted lockdown measures in areas that report rapid increases in cases of the coronavirus, while the phased reopening of the economy as a whole would go ahead more slowly than planned. The government extended a full lockdown in Kano state, the northern economic hub where authorities are investigating a spate of mysterious deaths. Kano has the second highest number of confirmed cases in the country...

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The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are donating N350 million to support Oyo State to contain the spread of   COVID-19. This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by Mr Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Seyi Makinde. Adisa said that Oyo State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, and a member of the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Temitope Alonge, disclosed this during...

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ENUGU, NIGERIA — The Christian and Muslim communities in Nigeria are collaborating to respond and combat the growing coronavirus pandemic in the country in what has been described as a show of love and unity. The relationship between the two religious groups and their adherents in the country has been marred with tension and violence but the leaders are putting their differences aside to unite for a common cause. The reported cases of the virus in Nigeria stands...

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The Lagos State Government has launched a COVID-19 website to enlighten residents with up-to-date information on the coronavirus pandemic in the state and the entire Nigeria. Mr Olatunbosun Alake, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Innovation and Technology, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday in Lagos. He identified the website as https://covid19.lagosstate.gov.ng Alake said that the website would provide instant access to vital information on  COVID-19 as part of efforts of the...

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