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Insulate Britain targets Canary Wharf in renewed roadblock campaign

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Insulate Britain targets Canary Wharf in renewed roadblock campaign

Insulate Britain has targeted Canary Wharf in London as the environmental group renews its roadblock campaign after a pause.

Demonstrators obstructed Limehouse Causeway at the junction with the A1206 at 8.20am on Monday. Others targeted Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate and Upper Thames Street.

A total of 51 activists were sitting in the roads with Insulate Britain banners. Police were in attendance.

To coincide with the start of the demonstrations, the group posted the following message on its website at 8.30am: “We won’t stand by while the government kills our kids.”

In a statement, the activist Liam Norton called the government “treasonous”, claiming it had “betrayed” citizens and was leading the country on a path to “genocide”.

He said: “We know that the public is frustrated and annoyed at the disruption we have caused. They should know that one way or another this country will have to stop emitting carbon.

“We can do that now in an orderly, planned way, insulating homes and preventing thousands of deaths from fuel poverty, or we can wait until millions have lost their homes and are fighting for water or starving to death.”

Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, wants the government to insulate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions.

The group blocked roads on 14 days over the five weeks to 14 October, with activists gluing their hands to the carriageway to increase the length of time it takes for police to remove them. Hundreds of arrests were made and some people were detained several times.

The campaign continues despite injunctions leaving protesters facing court summons and possible imprisonment or an unlimited fine.

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Dantata, Rabiu, Others Gift Jigawa Flood Victims N1b

Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, and Abdulsamad Rabiu, the founder of BUA group, on Saturday raised over N1 billion for Jigawa flood victims.

The donations were made in Dutse at the fund raising in support of the 2022 flood victims in the state.

Dantata and Rabiu each donated N200 million, Jigawa State Government N250 million, Gov. Muhammad Badaru, donated N25 million on behalf of himself, family and his company, Talamis Group.

However, Dantata, who was represented by Alhaji Salisu Sambajo, expressed concern over the conditions in which the flood victims found themselves after the disaster.

The philanthropist prayed for those who died during the disaster and sympathised with those who lost their property and crops in the floods.

Similarly, Badaru also expressed appreciation to the teeming donors for their kind gesture and urged the fund raising committee to be equitable and just in the distribution of the palliatives and cash.

The committee Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, (Wazirin Dutse) and former Minister of Power, thanked individuals and group of companies for supporting the victims.

Other donors included the members of the state and National Assembly as well as Council Chairmen.

Zenith Bank, Jaiz Bank, FCMB, Sterling Bank, GTBANK and Unity Bank were among the financial institutions who made donations.

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FG, Sasakawa Africa To Collaborate On Regenerative Agriculture

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) restated its commitment to supporting the Federal Government of Nigeria’s drive to improve food and nutrition security, reduce poverty and hunger through regenerative agriculture on Thursday.

Dr. Godwin Atser, the new Nigeria Country Director of SAA, stated this during a courtesy visit to Malam Abdullahi Abubakar, the Director of the Federal Department of Agriculture in Abuja.

According to Atser, the purpose of the tour was to reinforce and expand the previously existing relationship with Nigeria.

“We are here to foster that relationship and build on it and strengthen it more and more.

“We are here to renew our commitment to the Federal Government of Nigeria that Sasakawa is here,” he said.

According to Atser, the SAA approach is in accordance with the Nigerian government’s aims.

“We are ready to work and support the efforts of the government in order to increase agricultural productivity in a sustainable manner.

“This is such that together we can help eradicate hunger and poverty and make our farmers proud,” he said.

The association’s strategy is regenerative agriculture, which is agriculture that is practiced in a way that does not harm or jeopardize the environment.

“We want to grow food in such a way that the land can be preserved and sustainable,” he said.

The association’s strategy is regenerative agriculture, which is agriculture that is practiced in a way that does not harm or jeopardize the environment.

“We want to grow food in such a way that the land can be preserved and sustainable,” he said.

Atser said that “nutrition sensitive agriculture” is also part of Sasakawa’s renewed strategy.

He stated that nutrition sensitive agriculture intended to ensure that crops provided to farmers have nutrition values that might help transform their health status.

“Market oriented agriculture is another pillar we are pushing, where we are making our famers to understand farming as a business.

“We also built a lot of capacity for our farmers and also for our extension agents. Building the capacity of farmers is key to what we do.

“Also we focus on inclusion. How do we bring on board youths, women and people living with disabilities? These are cross cutting issues that we are looking at,” Atser said.

In response, Abubakar expressed gratitude for the visit and expressed delight that the relationship between SAA and Nigeria has grown.

He emphasized his willingness to provide small-holder farmers the necessary startup kits so that they may grow into large-scale farmers.

Earlier, Prof. Sani Miko, former Country Director of Sasakawa, praised Abubakar for his support and ongoing cooperation with the association.

Miko asked him to provide the same support to Sasakawa’s new country Director.

The Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) was registered as a not-for-profit international NGO in Geneva, Switzerland in 1986.

The focus of the association which was the initiative of the late Ryoichi Sasakawa, founder and former Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, is to seek a more sustainable solution to Africa’s food security problems

SAA’s approach has always focused on demonstrating the potential of improved agricultural technologies to extension agents and farmers through on-farm demonstration and training, from which extension agents and farmers could assess the technologies by themselves.

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UNICEF Says Almost 1m Children Displaced By Flooding In Nigeria

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says an estimated 840,000 children have been displaced by the recent flooding that ravaged some parts of Nigeria.

A statement on Tuesday by Paloma Escudero, head of the UNICEF delegation for COP27, said about 27.7 million children across the world were affected by the flooding in 2022.

Escudero said children a large majority of the 27.7 million children affected by flooding in 2022 are among the most vulnerable and are at high risk of a multitude of threats including death by drowning, disease outbreaks, lack of safe drinking water, malnutrition, disruption in learning, and violence.

“We are seeing unprecedented levels of flooding all around the world this year, and with it, an explosion in threats to children,” she said.

“The climate crisis is here. In many places, the flooding is the worst it has been in a generation, or several. Our children are already suffering at a scale their parents never did.

“The aftermath of floods is often more deadly for children than the extreme weather events that caused the flooding. In 2022, floods have contributed to the increased spread of major killers of children, such as malnutrition, malaria, cholera and diarrhea.

“In addition to threatening the lives of millions of children, the flood waters have disrupted essential services and displaced countless families.

“An estimated 840,000 children were displaced by floods in Nigeria in recent months.”

Escudero said over 1 in 9 children who were hospitalised in flood-ravaged areas in Pakistan were diagnosed with acute malnutrition, while an estimated 465,030 hectares of farmlands were destroyed in Lake Chad, contributing to heightened food insecurity.

“COP27 provides an opportunity to chart a credible roadmap with clear milestones for finance for climate adaptation and solutions for loss and damage,” she said.

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