On the 5th of June, the world once again commemorates the World Environment Day. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness for environmental issues, global warming, wildlife and pollution, encouraging global action to protect planet, and take ownership of their environment. This year’s theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” draws attention to the volume of environmental challenges generated by plastic waste. Plastic Pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat and humans; hence the theme urges all the stakeholders-producers and consumers, as well as policy makers to jointly explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of plastics, polluting our
Chevron Nigeria Limited, the operator of the joint venture between the Nigerian National Petroleum and CNL, says it will remain an active agent of sustainable development and strong advocate of partnerships in support of the environment. The CNL stated this in a statement to commemorate the World Environment Day held annually on June 5. This year’s theme of the WED, ‘Beat plastic pollution’, urges governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together in exploring sustainable alternatives to urgently reducing the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting the oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. The Managing Director, CNL, Jeff Ewing, stated that the company was happy to be part of the solution to global environmental issues.
The Federal Government on Monday charged state governments to declare a state of emergency in the water sector in their various jurisdictions. According to the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, the Federal Government will henceforth only work with states that declare emergency in their water sectors. He said the new resolution was because the government wanted the country’s water supply and sanitation services to improve dramatically in order to avoid aggravating their already dire consequences on the health and well-being of the citizens. Adamu stated these at a workshop organised in Abuja for operators in the sector from the federal and state governments. He said, “I am happy to inform this gathering that the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Action Plan was r
Cadbury Nigeria Plc says it is joining nine other countries in the Mondelez International family in a $50m multi-year initiative to promote healthy lifestyle among children. The initiative, which is expected to address obesity and encourage physical activities in children between the ages of six and 12, is in partnership with Helen Keller International. The Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, Cadbury West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu, said during a visit to the Punch Place, the headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited, in Ogun State on Tuesday, that the company had identified nine schools in its host communities in Ikeja, Lagos and Ondo State to commence the programme. “The programme is for three years and is expected to help teach the children hygiene, nutrition and healthy lifes
The Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises has collaborated with the Rome School of Business in Nigeria with a view to training Nigerian entrepreneurs and business owners on sustainable business practices. The Country Manager, Rome Business School in Nigeria, Mr. Humphrey Akanazu, said that the business training from the Rome School of Business in Nigeria followed strictly the tradition of entrepreneurship and family business establishments in Italy. He said that the school was brought to Nigeria because of the importance foreign investors attached to the country. The school, according to him, will be working in collaboration with students to develop case studies based on the challenges and needs of the industrial sector, adding that their final year projects woul
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria and other stakeholders in environmental management have inaugurated Nigeria’s first National Mirror Committee and Technical Committee on ISO PC 305 and ISO PC 318 on sustainable non-sewer sanitation system and community-scale resource-oriented sanitation treatment system. The Director-General, SON, Osita Aboloma, said the ISO PC 305 was established by the Technical Management Board resolution of May 2016 to provide a standard solution to the issue of a sustainable and affordable sanitation that would alleviate the problem of open defecation in the country. Aboloma, who was represented by Mrs. Chinyere Egwuonwu at the inauguration, said the ISO PC 318 community-scale resource-oriented sanitation treatment systems had just been formed. He noted
Citing the need for quality human capital as necessity for economic development, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has tasked private sector operators to participate in the funding of innovative solutions to diseases ravaging the society. Specifically, the chamber acknowledged the inability of the government and international donor agencies to finance the budget needed to fight certain diseases. Speaking during an interactive workshop between medical and pharmaceutical members of the chamber in Lagos, on Tuesday, LCCI President, Babatunde Ruwase, said the nation needs national strategies and programmes to take special measures in protecting people that are at considerable risk of contracting malaria infection. “The twenty-fifth day of April is marked as the World M
Raw fruit and vegetables have been discovered to be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables. Dr. Tamlin Conner, Psychology Senior Lecturer and lead author, says public health campaigns have historically focused on aspects of quantity for the consumption of fruit and vegetables (such as five plus a day). However, the study, just published in Frontiers in Psychology, found that for mental health in particular, it might also be important to consider the way in which produce was prepared and consumed. “Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables,” she says. The top 10 raw
Federal Government has resolved to secure US$300 million from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank to eliminate malaria in the country. A statement by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 just ended in London, quoted the Federal Government as saying it would elevate malaria on the national priority list and finance its national malaria elimination strategy. The statement said Nigeria also pledged an additional US$18.7 million to leverage US$37 million from the Global Fund to distribute 15 million mosquito nets and to support the local manufacture of essential malaria commodities. In the statement, ALMA applauded the commitment by 53 Commonwealth leaders to half the prevalence of malaria ac...
The African Development Bank says its board has approved the support of private health care system in Lagos, Nigeria with a loan of $20m. A statement issued by the bank in Abuja on Monday said the fund would help Santa Clara Medical Limited to finance the development of a hospital and referral clinics in Lagos. Explaining the reason for the funding, the bank said Nigeria’s largest health care market, Lagos, lacked an adequate supply of quality secondary and tertiary facilities, with only about 700 to 1,000 quality beds for a population of over 21 million people. It is in response to this situation, that the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a senior loan in naira (equivalent to $20m) to Santa Clara Medical Limited, the bank said. By supporting inve