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Emir of Dutse Urge Governments to Mitigate Climate Change Impact

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The Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Sanusi have urged governments in Nigeria and other African countries to adopt measures towards mitigating the impact of climate change in order to ensure a conducive environment.

Sanusi, who is also the Chancellor, Sokoto State University made the call Tuesday in Abuja.

He spoke at the first anniversary lecture of “NatureNews’’ online environment newspaper and unveiling of “ClimateAfrica” magazine as well as presentation of Hero of Environment Actions for Development (HEAD) award.

The event was organized by management of NatureNews and ClimateAfrica, both published by Alhaji Aliu Akoshile, who is also the Editor -In – Chief.

The Emir who was the Chairman of the occasion lamented the threat posed by climate change on human survival and the environment.

Sanusi blamed  the challenge on  both human factors  and natural disaster.

He advised that any initiative geared towards mitigating impact of climate change should be fully embraced by the Nigerian government and Africa as a whole.

According to the Emir, it is the obligations of leaders and their followers to nurture the environment and make it conducive for living and food production.

Sanusi identified NatureNews newspaper and ClimateAfrica magazine as steps towards addressing the issue of climate change and creation of awareness through the press.

Prof. Mark Mwandosya, Chairman Stanbic Bank, Tanzania Ltd who delivered the  anniversary speech  on “Climate Africa: Resilience and Adaptation” noted that Africa had been resilient to disasters.

Mwandosya said that every government both international and local should give priority to climate change and global warming .

“This subject requires several considerations. It should be part of SDGs, as mainstreaming climate change in the entire polity is imperative.

“In doing so, there should be equity, efficiency, self reliance, indigenous knowledge, and technological development,’’ he said.

In his own speech, Akoshile identified NatureNews as a foremost newspaper focusing on the environment, climate change and sustainable earth.

The publisher said that it was conceived in 2016 following the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the 17 SDGs with the 13th goal specifically demanding “taking urgent actions to combat climate and its impacts’’.

According to him, NatureNews and ClimateAfrica subscribe to the abiding principles of journalism ethics .

“They are committed to producing contents that are accurate, balanced, truthful and fair as enunciated by the society of professional journalists,” Akoshile said.

He specifically noted that the two publications focused on general space for the environment.

“A lot of coverage has been done on politics, business, and entertainment but there is something that binds us together as human beings and that is the environment.

“Today, from global discussions and conversation, the issue of environment has to be given more tone of voice.

“So, coming up with this magazine, I look at what other space can one make impact so that at the end of the day, this society that we are all in can become more habitable for all of us and also sustainable for other things to thrive.

“This is because if the environment is not conducive, if the environment is not right, you can’t do business, you can’t play politics and  you can’t do entertainment if the environment is not right,’’ Akoshile explained.

He frowned at the poor attention given to climate change issues and its impact in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

According to Akoshile, he decided to go into the space to give intense coverage to the issue of environment and also to serve as a basis for every Nigerian to begin to be conversant with climate change impact in the country.

“What we intend to do is to first of all sensitise the people. Everybody must think environment which is the Number One role. If we are thinking environment even in simple disposal of water sachet, someone can just dispose it properly.

“So, if we create this awareness even in schools, children will become more aware to dispose waste  properly and gradually we will get to the space where we have to imbibe environment culture in waste disposal,’’ he said. (NAN)

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Tinubu Mourns Ex-Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu

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President Bola Tinubu has extended his deepest condolences to the Onu family over the passing of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a former Minister of Science and Technology in the Buhari administration.

Chief Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72.

“The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament.

The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.
 

“Most importantly, the President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude,” a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential spokesman quoted the President to have said.

The statement said Tinubu affirmed that the late Onu epitomized Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

The President also condoled with the friends and associates of Chief Onu, Ebonyi and Abia State Governments, and all Nigerians grieving this gaping loss.

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Geregu Power Earns N50.4bn From Electricity Sales, Capacity Charges 

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja 

Geregu Power Plc has generated N50.4bn on electricity sales and capacity charges to Nigerians in the first quarter of 2024.

The power company which is the first listed power company of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd disclosed the performance in its Q1, 2024 financial statement.

The company grew its Q1 revenue by 225 per cent from N14.

2bn in 2023 to N50.
4bn in 2023.

A breakdown reveals that Geregu Power sold energy worth N31bn and received N19bn as revenue from capacity charge.

Recall that the power company posted an annual revenue of N82.9bn in the full year of 2023 but it has covered half of the amount in Q1.

The revenue was above the company’s forecast for Q1 2024 when it projected its revenue to rise to N31.24bn.

Geregu Power recorded a profit before tax of N21.9bn up from the N5.3bn recorded in Q1 of last year, reflecting 307.8 per cent growth.

During the period underreview, the company saw its profit after tax rose by 307.3 per cent to N14.46bn from N3.54bn recorded in Q1 of last year. In the full year 2023, the company made N16.1bn net profit.

The net profit was above the company projection of N5.5bn. 

Geregu Power took an income tax charge of N7.43bn, up from the N1.8bn in Q1 2023. The tax charges were higher than the N2.7bn projected for Q1 2024.

The company also spent N21.5bn on the cost of sales involving gas supply and transportation, up from the N6.6bn spent on gas supply and transportation in Q1 2023.

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U.S. not Expecting to be Drawn into War but Predicts Attack by Iran Against Israel

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The United States expects an attack by Iran against Israel but one that would not be big enough to draw Washington into war, a U.S. official said late on Thursday.

The White House said earlier that Washington did not want conflict to spread in the Middle East and the U.S. had told Iran it was not involved in an air strike against a top Iranian military commander in Damascus.

The White House added it warned Iran to not use that attack as a pretext to escalate further in the region.

Suspected Israeli warplanes bombed Iran’s embassy in Damascus on Monday in a strike for which Iran has vowed revenge and in which a top Iranian general and six other Iranian military officers were killed, ratcheting up tension in a region already strained by the Gaza war.

Iranian sources told Reuters that Tehran has signalled to Washington that it will respond to Israel’s attack on its Syrian embassy in a way that aims to avoid major escalation and it will not act hastily, as Tehran presses demands including a Gaza truce.

The United States has been on high alert about possible retaliatory strikes from Iran and U.S. envoys have been working to lower tensions.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel’s military assault on Hamas-governed Gaza has since killed more than 33,000 people according to the local health ministry, displaced nearly all of Gaza’s 2.3 million population, caused a humanitarian crisis, and led to genocide allegations that Israel denies.

Iran-backed groups have declared support for Palestinians, waging attacks from Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq.

Tehran has avoided direct confrontation with Israel or the United States, while declaring support for its allies. (Reuters/NAN)

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