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AU agency to assist Lesotho against extreme weather conditions

African Risk Capacity (ARC), and the government of Lesotho, on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to scale up national disaster risk management.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has taken proactive measures aimed at curtailing the devastating impacts of flooding in the region occasioned by yearly torrential rainfall.

Flood: Nigerian government to build walls round River Kaduna

The Federal Government has said help was on the way for flood victims in Kaduna, following plans to build flood walls around River Kaduna to protect the people and their properties.
LA BOQUILLA DAM, MEXICO - Protesters gathered on Sunday in drought-hit northern Mexico in an attempt to retain control of a dam key to government efforts to diffuse tensions over a water-sharing pact with the United States.

Drought-hit Mexicans demand that water sharing with US ends

Protesters gathered on Sunday in drought-hit northern Mexico in an attempt to retain control of a dam key to government efforts to diffuse tensions over a water-sharing pact with the United States.
Australian officials say the nation has officially fallen into a recession for the first time since the early 1990s.

Coronavirus plunges Australia into first recession since 1991

Australian officials say the nation has officially fallen into a recession for the first time since the early 1990s. Lockdowns and other restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 have affected most parts of the economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost.

Women bear the brunt of climate change in Angola

Tehandjila Quessale's heart sank every time her mother sent her to fetch water for their crops, up in the mountains of Angola's southern Huila region.

Coronavirus: Anglican church stops communion from one cup

The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has stopped the use of one cup for the sharing of wine during Holy Communion as one of the steps to stop the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa could prove disastrous for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts have warned, amid increasing calls for international help.

East Africa: Locust outbreak sparks calls for international help

Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa could prove disastrous for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts have warned, amid increasing calls for international help.
Bushland is seen burnt by fire as rain pools in large puddles at Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, Australia, January 17, 2020. AAP Image-Dan Himbrechts-via REUTERS

Rain brings joy for Australian firefighters, farmers

Drought-breaking storms dumped desperately needed rain on some bushfire-ravaged parts of eastern Australia on Friday while giving joy to many farmers who have faced losing precious livestock and crops.
President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, on Monday outlined his priorities for the remaining part of his tenure in 2020.

UNGA president outlines 2020 priorities

President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, on Monday outlined his priorities for the remaining part of his tenure in 2020.
Climate change threatens food supplies if extreme weather conditions hit more than one grain-producing region at a time, scientists warned Monday.

Climate change threatens food supplies

A team from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) based in Austria said climate change not only resulted in higher temperatures but is also producing more severe climatic events such as drought, heatwaves and floods.

World Bank cuts sub-Saharan Africa’s 2019, 2020 growth forecast

The World Bank on Wednesday cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa for 2019 to 2021 by 0.2 percentage points from its earlier projection, citing a slowdown in fixed investment and policy uncertainty in the global economy.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Delta State has restated his commitment to serve Edo people, insisting that the time for sharing public funds to a few greedy politicians in Edo was over.

Edo replicates emergency management agency in local councils

Edo State Government on Thursday inaugurated the Local Government Disaster Management Committee (LEMC) saddled with the responsibility of providing prompt responses to disasters/emergencies at the local level ahead of the state government officials.
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NASA: Human influence on global drought traceable since early 1900s

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, a recent study by NASA revealed on Monday.
North Korea said it would import 200,000 tonnes of food [Jacky Chen-Reuters]

North Korea warns of food crisis before Kim-Trump summit

North Korea has warned it is facing a food shortfall of some 1.4m tonnes this year and has been forced to almost halve rations, blaming high temperatures, drought, floods and United Nations sanctions, according to a memo by Pyongyang's mission to the world body.
More than the 2 million Afghans affected as La Nina causes failing rains, which threaten starvation. [EPA]

Water shortages worsen in Afghanistan as drought persists

''Water used to be available 24 hours every day, but now it is only available three to four hours. More than 500 families gather here to get water during these few hours,'' said Sayed Ali, a local resident.
MALIBU, CA - NOVEMBER 11: A wildfire burns at the Salvation Army Camp on November 10, 2018 in Malibu, California. The Woolsey fire has burned over 70,000 acres and has reached the Pacific Coast at Malibu as it continues grow. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images/AFP

Deadliest fire in California history kills 42 people

The death toll from a huge blaze in northern California rose to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest wildfire in state history.

Minister: No part of Nigeria’ll suffer neglect under President Buhari’s government

Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Prof. Stephen Ocheni, has restated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to accelerate development in all part of the country irrespective of its geographical or political considerations.

Official: GEF supports Nigeria with $4.9m environmental projects grant

The Global Environmental Facility-Small Grant Programme has given Nigeria a 4.9 million dollars grant to fund 141 environmental related projects in 25 states between 2009 and 2017.

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The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, issued the threat in a circular marked HCSF-109-S.1-120 with the title, ‘Unauthorised circulation of official documents-information on social media.’

Nigerian government okays 1,500 civil servants for SMAT-P training

A total of 1, 500 civil servants have been selected to participate in the second batch of the Structured Assessment-Based Training Programme, SMAT-P, by the federal government, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has said.
Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the announcement in Abuja at a world press conference, explained that in arriving at the amnesty various issues were looked at and several options considered.

Nigerian government declares Thursday public holiday for Eidul-Mawlid celebration

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 a public holiday, according to the Ministry of Interior.
The new minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, has charged staff of the ministry to work harder and smart to realize the Next Level agenda of the federal government.

Nigeria receives $26.9 billion foreign support in six years – minister

Agba made this known on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing the House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society and Development Partners on Donor Funds Receipts, Transfers and Disbursement to Government Agencies, Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Stock market sustains gains, advances by 0.7 per cent

The Nigerian equities market maintain a positive stance, on Tuesday, as the local bourse inched up by 0.70 per cent.
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Nigerian government to build new airports in Anambra, Benue, others – minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said on Tuesday that the Federal Government would construct 10 new airports across the country to boost civil aviation.