#ET: Toxic Waste and Nigeria


Toxic waste are any waste materials that are harmful to humans, animals and plants when released into the environment. It is often the by-products of industrial or chemicals processes and can pollute air, land and water. Continue reading

Bush Clearing and how it affects us and our Environment


Mechanically with Cutlass


                Bush clearing is the removal of bushes through Mechanical or Chemical means. Mechanically through manual cutting of bushes with crude implements eg Hoes and Cutlasses or through the use of machines. Chemically through the use of Herbicides (chemicals used to kill weeds) e.g  Paraquat.

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Samsung looking to sell over 1 million Galaxy Mega 5.8 units

Samsung announced the big-boned Galaxy Mega duo and according to industry sources plans to manufacture at least a million of the smaller Mega 5.8. Reportedly Samsung contacted several Taiwan-based display manufacturers to order one million 5.8″ screens. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon: America strikes as Bill Gates cancels planned official visit to Nige

America’s richest man, Bill Gates, has
cancelled his scheduled March 27
official visit to Nigeria, in response to
the controversial pardon granted by
President Goodluck Jonathan to ex-
convicts Diepreye Alamieyeseigha  and
Shettima Bulama, PREMIUM TIMES can
authoritatively report today.
Mr. Gates was due in Nigeria March 27
and 28 to meet President Goodluck
Jonathan, state governors and officials
of the Federal Ministry of Health
concerning the aggressive polio
eradication campaign his Bill and
Melinda Foundation is undertaking in
the country.
That trip, authoritative diplomatic
sources said, has now been cancelled,
two days after the U.S. government
expressed disappointment with its
Nigerian counterpart for pardoning
convicted money launderers and
warned it might cut aid meant for the
“I can confirm to you that Mr. Gates
won’t be coming as scheduled,” one of
our sources told PREMIUM TIMES
Monday morning. “The body language
of Washington D.C. does not support
his travelling to Nigeria.  The thinking
here is that the Nigerian government
has high tolerance level for corruption
and should be ostracized in all ways
Our sources said Mr. Gates has already
instructed his staff to inform the
Nigerian presidency, the secretariat of
the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the
Federal Ministry of Health that he was
no longer coming.
Presidential spokesperson, Reuben
Abati, did not answer or return calls
seeking comment. Contacted, the
Director General of the Nigeria
Governors’ Forum, Asishana Okauru,
said he would have to check with his
staff whether any such communication
had come from Mr. Gates’ office. He
did not answer or return subsequent
calls. Mr. Gates’ office is not opened
as at the time of this report as calls
were unanswered.
But checks by this newspaper indicate
that the U.S. government has
dissuaded Mr. Gates from coming to
“The State Department has advised
him that Nigeria is not conducive for
such visit at this time,” another source
said.  “We hope that the Nigerian
government will get the message and
return to the path of sanity.”
The controversial pardon granted
Messrs Alamieyeseigha and Bulama
had on Friday sparked fierce
diplomatic row between Nigeria and
the United States,  with the Americans
threatening to punish Nigeria over Mr.
Jonathan’s action and Nigeria accusing
the Americans of meddlesomeness.
“We see this as a setback for the fight
against corruption, and also for our
ability to play the strong role we’ve
played in supporting rule of law and
legal institution-building in Nigeria,
which is very important for the future
of the country obviously,” State
Department spokesperson, Victoria
Nuland, had told reporters in
“We have made clear to the Nigerians
that this puts a question mark on the
kinds of work that we’ve been trying to
do with them.”
The U.S. is the world’s top donor. In
2012, it spent about $226 million on
health and governance programmes in
Nigeria. And about $600million has
been requested for 2013, according to
U.S. government data. That is apart
from what American private
foundations such as Mr. Gates’ spend
on Nigeria’s government and non-
governmental organisations.
Mr. Gate is the biggest foreign
supporter of the campaign to
eradicate polio in Nigeria and has
worked consistently with the Nigerian
authorities since 2009 over the matter.
His foundation has developed a six-
year strategy through 2018 that will
help combat polio in Nigeria, Pakistan
and Afghanistan and has set aside
$1billion per annum for the purpose.
The bulk of that money is meant for
Nigeria which currently has the
highest cases of polio in the world.
Mr. Gates’ efforts has seen
improvements which helped Pakistan
reduce the number of polio cases from
198 in 2011 to 56 in 2012; and
Afghanistan from 80 to 35 during the
same period.
The situation in Nigeria worsened
during the same period,  increasing
from 62 in 2011 to 119 in 2012.
Mr. Gates last visited Nigeria in
November 2012.  During that visit, his
foundation entered into a four-year
alliance with the Dangote Foundation
which promised to provide funding,
equipment and technical support to
the Kano state government to
strengthen polio immunisation.
He had scheduled this March’s visit to
consolidate that alliance, meet with
President Jonathan, state governors
and other stakeholders with a view to
generally revving  up the war against
the pandemic.