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    COP22 As Nigeria’s Economic Window Of Opportunities

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    In this report, CHIKA OKEKE, just back from the22nd Session of the Conference Of the Parties (COP 22) writes that the Nigeria’s participation at the conference provided it yet another opportunity to address economic issues. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an annual gathering…

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    Continued Oil Spill, Illegal Bunkering Further Depleting Nation’s Revenue-Minister

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    The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed has criticized the continued oil spill, artisanal refining and illegal bunkering on oil facilities by armed militants which she said led to continued depletion of nation’s revenue base. This she said had resulted to land degradation, loss of life, destruction of habitats, loss of biodiversity, incidences of disease…

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  • COP22 Not A Jamboree – Hassan

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    The permanent secretary, Ministry of Environment, Dr Bukar Hassan, has described the just concluded 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco as fruitful deliberation not a jamboree. This is coming on the heels of an editorial published by a…

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  • The Chairman of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has requested for a 50,000-hectare of land in Niger to enable the company to cultivate rice and sugarcane.

He made the request on Friday in Minna when he visited Gov. Babangida Aliyu at his residence.

He said ``my visit here is about a rice industry that we want to set up.

``We are looking at investing in the state. It is not only my company, but also an out-grower system so that we would be able to empower people.’’

Dangote, however, said that the company’s investment plan for commercial farming would depend on the land it would get, with the company providing 70 per cent of the investment, while out-grower farmers account for 30 per cent.

The business mogul described the state as the most conducive for farming ``because of its abundant land and good soil for rice and sugarcane cultivation.

``Niger State is a place to do lots of rice because it has good land and fertile soil for rice cultivation and water is available.

``If we can have anything over and above 50,000 hectares, then the investment will be in billions.

``It is a way of taking people out of poverty and taking them to the next level, which is the middle class or above the average so that we can reduce the pressure on government.’’

He then expressed the hope for good partnership with the state government and the out-grower farmers.

Responding, Gov. Aliyu assured him of the state government’s response to his request for the land in the next three weeks.


He expressed happiness over the company’s investment plan in the state. (NAN)

    FG, Dangote Sign N11.5bn Landmark Concrete Road Project

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    Work is to commence in full on the 42.5km Obajana-Kabba Road in Kogi State, following the signing of a N11.5bn landmark contract document between the federal government and the Dangote Group yesterday, in Abuja. The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr Magaji Abdullahi Gusau, signed the long awaited contract document on…

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    Over 25% Babies Delivered Through IVF Are Twins – Ajayi

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    Dr Abayomi Ajayi is the Chief Executive Officer of NORDICA Fertility Centre, Abuja. In this interview with CHIKA OKEKE, he said that over 25 percent of babies delivered through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) are twins. Excerpt: There have been some misconceptions about Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART), especially In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) that results to multiple…

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    Emission Reduction: FG To Integrate Bamboo Production Into National Programme

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    The federal government has stated its readiness to incorporate the planting and production of Bamboo into national programmes for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) in the country. The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed stated this on Thursday at the presentation of Ministerial Statement on Bamboo as a Unique Vehicle…

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    Nigeria Targets 30 GW On-grid Power Capacity By 2030

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    Worried by the epileptic power supply, President Muhammadu Buhari has announced plans to increase Nigeria’s on-grid power capacity to 30 Giga Watts by 2030 from the current level of about 5 Giga Watts adding that 30% of the capacity would be generated through renewable energy technologies. This is even as he disclosed that the 2017…

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    FG Backs Legislation On Emission Reduction, Renewable Energy

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    The federal government has stated its readiness to support legislative action that would lead to emission reduction and encourage use of renewable energy saying that there is a need for the National Assembly to possess a good understanding of the dynamics of international and national climate governance. Addressing newsmen at the ongoing 22nd session of…

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    FG Backs Legislation On Emission Reduction, Renewable Energy

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    The federal government has stated its readiness to support legislative action that would lead to emission reduction and encourage use of renewable energy saying that there is a need for the National Assembly to possess a good understanding of the dynamics of international and national climate governance. Addressing newsmen at the ongoing 22nd session of…

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