Nigeria to overtake US in population by 2050, says UN

Nigeria, currently the most populous country in Africa, is billed to become the world third most populous country in 2050, beating the United states of America, which currently holds the title. By then, the leading west African country will be boasting of 300million people, when the world population is expected to round up at about 10 billion people. This is contained in the world population prospects for 2017 released by the world body recently, where they also stated that most of the ballooning population will be expected to come from…

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Legalising 2020 Gas Flares-Out Deadline

By Oji Odu The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has joined in lending its weight on new measures by government to increase revenue in these hash times of economic recession. The company had over the weekend, stated that Nigeria’s revenue would grow significantly if a law prohibiting gas flaring by oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria was enacted. Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, made this submission during a one-day public hearing on Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill 2017 at the National Assembly in Abuja. The NNPC boss who…

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Maintenance of River Niger Dredging Flagged Off

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi flagged off the of the maintenance dredging of the River Niger from Ajaokuta to Onitsha and congratulated the management of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for looking inwards. He promised to ensure the NIWA was fully empowered to continue to carry the regular maintenance dredging with bigger and more standard dredger to make “This is the best form of administration you can get being ingenious because we don’t have money to pay any contractor. I asked if they have the capacity to do…

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Toxin Lingers in Homes Long After Smokers Quit

Houses where smokers have lived remain polluted with tobacco smoke for at least six months after the smoker has quit and may continue to pose a threat to nonsmokers who live there, a new study found. The report, in Tobacco Control found that small particles from burning tobacco penetrate multiple surfaces — carpets, upholstery, pillows, blankets, clothes, even wallpaper and ceiling tiles — and remain long after smoking has stopped. Researchers studied 65 smokers who were quitting. Periodically over six months, they measured levels of nicotine and other tobacco-specific compounds…

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Ambode Stops Monthly Sanitation

Lagos State Government Stops the Monthly Environmental Sanitation Exercise By Oji Odu Mixed reactions continue to trail recent decision by the Lagos state government to stop the monthly environmental sanitation exercise  in the state. The exercise which used to hold for about three,  hours (7am-10am) on the last Saturday of every month has been stopped in order to pave way for the much-needed environment reforms. In a statement on Wednesday November 23, 2016, the state commissioner for information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, explained that  the decision to cancel the clean-up…

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No To Silent Killers

Environmentalists campaign to sensitise the public on the need to protect and preserve the climate By Akinwale Kasali The vociferous voices could be heard miles away. The serene environment at Chevron Drive on Lekki-Epe Expressway witnessed a mammoth crowd of protesters who thronged the Chevron Headquarters to show their displeasure over the excessive pollution caused by the oil multinational companies to the detriment of Nigerians. The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) with other environmental groups and Civil Society groups joined hundreds of groups globally to demand that delegates…

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Furious Quake

Earth tremors hit Kaduna state and raises fears of seismic activities in Nigeria as flood ravages the country By Uche Mbah For over a week and counting, swarms of tremors have been rocking Kaduna state making residents flee the area. This, is as floods ravage coastal towns and villages, including poorly drained urban centers. The epicenter of the tremor was located Koi community in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State. : “It happened about five times during the night, causing people to run for safety in the morning. It…

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