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Ten African green enterprises shortlisted for global award

Ten Africa-based green start-ups were on yesterday, shortlisted for a prestigious award that recognises homegrown initiatives that have strengthened response to climate emergencies in the continent. Harriet Lamb, Chief Executive Officer of Ashden, a British charity that promotes green innovations, hailed African social enterprises for coming up with low-cost innovations to help rural communities cope with climate change. “Africa’s impressive culture...

Environmentalist lists health hazards caused by open waste burning

health hazards of refuse burning
An environmentalist, Mrs. Titi Oguntoye, says that burning domestic wastes including plastic wastes could cause long term health hazards. Oguntoye, who works with the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, said this in an interview on Wednesday. “Open burning of waste is a dangerous practice that is increasingly common especially during the dry season. “Open burning of waste including plastics and...

Indigenous e-waste group joins global forum managing waste

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The E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON) has joined the largest forum for the management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). EPRON is the first Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) for electronic waste in the country. It is also the pioneer in the development of responsible e-waste treatment and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in Africa. Pascal Leroy, the Director-General of...

Housekeeping: Keys to keeping Workplace Environment Safe

When we talk about a safe workplace environment it simply means having a workplace that is free from recognised hazards that cause serious injury or death. It also indicates maintaining working conditions that are safe and healthful for employees. And one of the surest ways of achieving this is through Housekeeping. Effective housekeeping can eliminate some workplace hazards and help...

Enact stronger environmental laws against tree felling – NGO charges Gombe govt

Jewel Environmental Initiative
An NGO, Jewel Environmental Initiative (JEI) has called on Gombe State Government to enact stronger environmental laws to stop the indiscriminate felling of trees to check the threat of desertification in the state. Mr. Ismail Bima, the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO said on Saturday in Gombe that the legislation had become imperative to protect the environment. Bima said that...

Lagos needs 5,000 mobile toilets to eliminate open defecation – Expert

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The Executive Director, Poly Products, Lagos, Mr. Pavan Gwalani says Lagos state needed 5,000 mobile toilets to eliminate the menace of open defecation. Gwalani, who spoke in Lagos on Thursday, December 26, said, “With a population of almost 20 million people, 5,000 mobile toilets should serve about 40 people daily.“ He, however, urged stricter sanctions which he said would greatly reduce...

C/River: Flood destroys 4,370 houses, displace 51,000 people in 212 communities

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The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said flood destroyed 4,370 houses and displaced over 51,000 people in 212 communities in the state. The Director-General of SEMA, Mr. Princewill Ayim, disclosed this on Wednesday in Calabar. Ayim said that the incident occurred between July and September, adding that measures were taken to provide succour for the victims. According to him, some...

2 NGOs collaborate to clean up Lagos streets, drainages

clean-up exercise. SAFETY RECORD
The Programme Coordinator, African Clean-up Initiative (ACI), Mr. Alex Akhigbe, said on Saturday that the organisation’s collaboration with the Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation (ACTF) would improve sanitation in Lagos. Akhigbe, who led ACI’s network of volunteers to clean-up streets, roads, markets and motor parks in the Mushin area of Lagos on Saturday, said that the exercise was their 24th edition. The...

Flood: NDDC offers relief to 2m victims in Niger Delta

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says it will do everything possible to offer relief for the over two million persons displaced by flood in the Niger Delta region. The commission’s Executive Director of Project, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. According to him, 280 communities in the region were completely submerged by...

Shell pledges to implement NOSDRA’s directive on N2.74 remediation of spill site

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) on Friday said it was committed to remediation of sites impacted by an oil spill from its Trans Ramos export line in Bayelsa and Delta states. The oil spill which occurred on May 17, 2018, had impacted and polluted an estimated area of 113.03 hectares in Aghoro and Odumodu communities in Bayelsa...

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