Lagos tasks building sector operatives, others on mass housing delivery
THE Lagos State Government has called on stakeholders in the building industry to come together and fashion out policies and programmes that can aid the provision by government of good quality and affordable homes in Lagos State and Nigeria in general. Governor Raji Fashola, Association of Professionals Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) and other stakeholders, spoke…
Ekiti, Borno plan laws to curb illegal tree felling
EKITI and Borno State governments have taken a hard stance on illegal tree fellers, who have contributed to deforestation and worsening effects of climate change in the states. In Ekiti State, the State Executive Council has resolved to ensure that culprit in the state are made to face the wrath of the law while tree…
Yobe summons official over workers’ housing subsidy
PIQUED by the non-implementation of the state’s housing policy for workers, Yobe State government has summoned the Commissioner for Housing, Sidi Yakubu Karasuwa, for an explanation. The scheme is being promoted by the state under the Yobe State Owner Occupier Housing Scheme (YOOHS), which allows 50 percent rebate for workers. Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said the…
Reedemer's College petitions Ogun EPA over 'illegal poultry farm'
A PRIVATE institution owned by one of the foremost Pentecostal churches has lodged a complaint with the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) on an alleged pollution by a poultry farm situated close to its premises along Sagamu/Ikorodu Road in Ogun State. The school, Christ the Redeemer's College and Christ the Redeemer Science Academy, owned…
Divided climate talks end in Copenhagen with deal
THE historic U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen ended Saturday after a 31-hour negotiating marathon, narrowly avoiding collapse by accepting a compromise that gives billions to poor nations to deal with global warming but does not require the world's major polluters to make deeper cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions.
Targeted emissions limits inadequate, warns UN report
WITH negotiations still tied up in a deadlock as the summit entered its final hours, more disturbing news emerged on Friday from a leaked United Nations (UN) document to the effect that the raging debate over emissions targets would afterall, only keep global temperatures from rising beyond three degrees Celsius, not the two degrees being bandied about as the goal by various parties. Industrialised countries meeting in Copenhagen have been working towards achieving the goal of keeping the increase in global average temperatures below two degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial levels.
Africities summit holds in Morocco
His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, this week opened the fifth session of the African cities summit at a glittering ceremony attended by high ranking figures from around the continent. Addressing the opening on Wednesday, His Majesty said: "Morocco, which is deeply committed to the principles of African brotherhood, solidarity and unity is looking forward to sharing its expertise and know-how with African sister countries on how to respond to urban development needs and how to meet the challenge of integrated rural development."
Govt, firms sign N71b road contracts as ministry pledges funding
EFORTS at ending the transportation chaos that the country is witnessing due to poor road infrastructure may soon be over in some parts of the country, with the signing of a contract agreement between 20 newly approved road contractors and the Federal Government in Abuja, worth over N71 billion.
SON, manufacturers meet over aluminium specification
FOLLOWING disagreements over specifications for imported aluminium roofing sheets, senior officials of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Association of Primary Aluminium Producers, Coil Coaters and All Roll Formers Association will meet today to deliberate on acceptable standards for aluminium manufactured and imported into the country.
The climate debacle and reality of a changing world order
IF the hype that preceded the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 15) was a measure of global interest in the threats to the Earth from its changing climate, the controversy that attended it's closing hours may have inadvertently confirmed assertions that the talks were in effect a referendum on the ability of the contemporary world to collectively resolve the looming challenges of the modern age.
Lagos embargoes sand mining, gets committee on excision matters
A 12-member technical committee on excision matters has been inaugurated by the Lagos authorities to fast track the process of applications from landowning families, communities and villages. The development is coming on the heels of an embargo on all surface sand mining activities across the state pending the conclusion of the reforms in the sector.
The burden of industrialisation on ecosystem and its threat to Vision 20: 2020
IT is apparent today that our environment faces numerous threats. Both human-induced and natural stresses, socio-cultural problems as well as mounting consequences of the fast-track economic development have contributed to the large-scale degradation of an erstwhile pristine environment.