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Following the devastation caused by flood, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa has directed the immediate closure of all primary and secondary schools across the state. In a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said the directive takes effect from Monday, October 19. The statement said Governor Diri’s decision was taken to avert further danger to lives. It said the governor gave the...

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The Controller, Federal Ministry of Environment Yola Field Office, Adamawa State Hajiya Safiya Mohammed Abubakar has called for concerted efforts to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on the environment. Abubakar in an interview with newsmen noted that the effects of natural disasters such as flood and fire disaster are enormous; pointing out that human activity could mitigate impact of such disasters on humans and the environment. “People should engage in environment friendly activities, proper...

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The Federal Government has put in place skill acquisition and entrepreneurship training, for youths and women to combat desertification and improve livelihood of communities affected by it. A statement signed by Mrs Pauline Sule, Head, Press and Public Relations, National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) in Abuja on Monday, said the programme is carried out by the agency. The statement said this became necessary following the devastating effects of desertification and land degradation...

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The Federal Government has ratified the Kyoto Protocol and its Doha amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change (UNFCCC). The ratification is contained in a letter, signed by the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 1997 Kyoto protocol set binding climate targets for developed countries while its amendment signed in Qatar in 2012 obligations...

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The State government has taken over the multi-million naira Adamawa Geographical Information System AGIS Center, from the contractor that handles the project located at the headquarters of the Ministry of Land and Survey Yola. The Center is to serve as a Physical and taxable inventory centre via the Art and Science of Geo-Special Mapping. Handing over documents of the edifice to the Commissioner Ministry of Land and Survey Alhaji Ibrahim Yayaji, the contractor of the project Mr...

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Special Report by Ebuka Onyekwelu “NIHSA wishes to use this medium to advise state and local government, stakeholders, multinational companies and public-spirited individuals and philanthropists that all hands should be on deck to save the country from the consequences of flood pandemic in the year 2020”. Only a few months ago, precisely in July, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency – NIHSA- had warned that several Nigerian states are at the risk of experiencing “massive flooding”....

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The Lagos government has distanced itself from the video widely shared on social media platforms which purports that the state has branded wastebasket in which motorists were required to purchase or risk sanction. The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, in a statement, described the video as dubious and the characters as fraudsters. He noted that no agency or unit in the Ministry goes by the name “Lagos State Vehicle Waste Basket (LAVWAB)” and persons...

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Dr. Philip Echiegu, State Project Coordinator, Nigerian and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAO), said it had resettled 900 ecologically disadvantaged persons in Ebonyi with over N250 million. Echiegu said this on Wednesday in Abakaliki during the distribution of World Bank-Assisted items of community livelihood support, to beneficiaries across the state. According to him, the ecologically- disadvantaged persons, categorise as Project Affected Persons (PAPs), are within the corridors of four ongoing interventions in Abakaliki. “These intervention sites...

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The Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has confirmed four persons killed and over 5,200 houses destroyed due to flooding in Rogo and Danbatta Local Government Areas of the state. Sale Jili, Executive Secretary of the Agency, confirmed the incident adding that the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted flooding occasioned by heavy rainfall in 20 Local Government Areas of the state. Mr Jili disclosed that two persons lost their lives and 200 houses destroyed...

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At least three persons were feared killed in yet another circle of the flood that occurred at Adamami village in Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State during a heavy downpour which lasted for about 14 hours. Locals say that the heavy downpour wreaked monumental havoc in the area as no fewer than 200 houses were brought down, with about 3,000 hectares of farmlands washed away. The flood, it was learned, completely submerged the whole...

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