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HEAVY RAINS ALERT: Our plan to combat killer-floods – NEMA chief

As the rainy season picks up, the North Central Zonal Office of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) has embarked on a disaster risk management campaign in order to mitigate the effect of the flood predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) this year. In this interview, the NEMA Coordinator in the zone, Mr. Mohammed Abdulsalam, speaks on the preparedness of the agency in the zone to avoid a repeat of the 2012 flood disaster.

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Proper soil management, a must for food security – Soil scientists

Soil scientists have called for proper soil and crop nutrition management in addressing issues of environmental quality and land degradation if the progress already achieved in combating food insecurity must be sustained; noting that “achieving food security (availability, accessibility and affordability) in the 21st Century can only be realised through proper soil and crop nutrition management backed by effective and implementable government policies.

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Whatever we do to the environment will come back to us – Charity Musa

As the Holy Book says, little foxes spoil the vine. In other words, little things we think that do not matter are actually the major problems. One of the main contributors to the yearly floods in a state like Lagos is the indiscriminate manner in which wastes are disposed. People throw garbage into gutters, blocking them and forcing water to seek alternative routes.

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We use neem trees to combat desertification and create jobs – Dr. Jibunoh

Talk of killing three birds with one stone! In his fight against desertification in the northern part of Nigeria which has claimed hundreds of hectares of farmland, leaving hunger, homelessness and poverty in its wake, Dr Newton Jibunoh, an engineer/environmentalist, has not only been successfully combating desert encroachment by planting neem trees, but has been reducing poverty, empowering women and youths economically and improving the educational infrastructure, teaching and learning aids in the communities.

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