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NIGERIA: Communities' resistance hampers lead cleanup

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ANKA, 1 October 2010 (IRIN) - Efforts to treat children poisoned by lead and to clean up contaminated sites in northern Nigeria's Zamfara State are being hampered by the reticence of communities to divulge cases, for fear of a government ban on lucrative illegal gold mining.

Lead poisoning linked to informal mining has killed over 400 children under five since March 2010, according to the United Nations. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the medical relief agency, noticed high numbers of convulsions and deaths among children in

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Eight killed by Nigeria Independence day bombs

01 Oct 2010 14:38:04 GMT

* Eight dead in independence day car bomb blasts

* Explosions near national day parade

* Niger Delta rebels had issued bomb threat

* President vows to bring perpetrators to justice

(Updates with govt condemnation, analyst)

By Kingsley Igwe

ABUJA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Car bomb explosions killed eight people and injured three near a parade in Nigeria's capital on Friday marking the 50th anniversary of independence, police said.

Two blasts, which also destroyed three cars, came an hour after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger

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UN team takes soil, water samples in deadly Nigerian lead poisoning outbreak

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1 October 2010 - A United Nations team has finished collecting dozens of soil and water samples in a region of northern Nigeria where acute lead poisoning due to backyard gold digging has sickened hundreds of children this year, leading to excess deaths.

The five-member team from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will spend the next two days working in its mobile laboratory to analyze the samples and present preliminary findings to local and federal government officials by Monday.

A spike in lead-related illnesses and

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Secretary-General Condemns National Day Car Bombing in Nigeria

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns the car bombing today near the venue of the National Day parade in Abuja, which reportedly resulted in a number of deaths and destruction. The attack was particularly sad, coming on the day on which Nigerians were celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their nation's independence. The Secretary-General expresses his sincere sympathy and condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria and the bereaved families.

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NIGERIA: River Blindness Photo Essay

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KADUNA, 30 September 2010 (IRIN) - Some 27 million people in Nigeria need treatment for river blindness, also known as onchocerciasis, according to NGO Sight Savers. The disease is spread through the bite of a black simulium fly, which breeds in fast-flowing water [ http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=89167 ]. However, if at-risk people take the drug ivermectin, also known as Mectizan, annually for 15-17 years, the infection cycle is broken for life, according
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Nigeria: FLOOD EMERGENCY IN THREE NORTHERN STATES

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by weeks of flooding in three northern Nigerian States, said to MISNA Seyi Soremekun, spokesman for Nigeria's Red Cross. The worst-hit is the Sokoto state, along the border with Benin, where torrential rains and floods left 20 dead and affected some 332,000 on different levels. Just in the state's Goronyo district the flooding displaced 50,000. Also the nearby state of Kebbi, on the southern border with Niger, and the more eastern Jigawa state are also facing above average rainfall for the season.
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40,000 Nigerian flood victims in need of help -MSF

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30 Sep 2010 14:29:00 GMT

Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - About 40,000 people driven from their homes by flash floods in the northern Nigerian state of Sokoto still need urgent assistance, medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.

Most of them sought refuge in bushes, schools and temporary shelters made of straw and sticks when a dam at Goronyo on the River Rima burst earlier this month after heavy rainfall.

The local authorities have been distributing food while MSF has been providing clean water, soap, blankets and mosquito

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Electoral Violence in Nigeria

INTRODUCTION

Nigeria is a country of overlapping regional, religious, and ethnic divisions. Rifts between the North and the South of the country, ethnic groups, and Islam and Christianity often coincide and have sometimes resulted in sectarian violence. This has been the case particularly in its geographical center and in the Niger Delta region. In the Middle Belt, as the former is called, bouts of retributive bloodshed between Christian farmers and Muslim pastoralists erupt with some frequency. In the Niger Delta, an insurrection against the Abuja government has been

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Demand Characteristics for Improved Rice, Cowpea, and Maize Seeds in Nigeria: Policy Implications and Knowledge Gaps

Introduction

Despite recent studies on improved seed varieties estimating the adoption rates of maize in 1998 at 40 percent (Manyong et al. 2000) and rice at 60 percent (Larsson 2005), true adoption rates appear to be unknown. This knowledge gap exists due to the ambiguity surrounding what constitutes ―improved varieties‖ in Nigeria, because they become mixed with traditional varieties once they are adopted and start being traded in the informal seed sector.

Given existing evidence and the above caveat, it may be concluded that the rate at which the newly improved varieties

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Nigerian flood victims face food, shelter shortages

By Aminu Abubakar (AFP)

SABONGARIN DOLE, Nigeria - Thousands of people from more than 30 flooded villages in northwestern Nigeria faced shortages of food and shelter on Wednesday, with fears building of disease outbreaks.

Officials in Sokoto state said more than 130,000 people had been displaced by flooding three weeks ago when a spillway from the Goronyo dam burst from heavy rains, sweeping through the villages.

Dozens of displaced camps have sprung up in the Goronyo district, where most schools have been turned into shelters

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NIGERIA: Food Security Outlook Update, September 2010

Food security among the poor begins recovery in the extreme North

- Prospects for the 2010 growing season are generally favorable and the country will likely experience another normal to abovenormal cereal and tuber harvest in October and November.

- In localized areas of the Northeast and the Northwest, abnormally low rainfall and a potential cessation of rains two dekads before the normal conclusion of the season may reduce millet and sorghum harvests, limiting 2010/11 household food stocks.

- Recent weather forecasts indicate

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Nigeria gunmen kidnap 15 children - police

LAGOS, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Gunman have hijacked a school bus in Nigeria's Abia state, on the fringes of the oil-producing Niger Delta, and kidnapped 15 youngsters, police said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred early on Monday while the nursery and primary students were being driven to the Abayi International School in the southern state's commercial capital, Abia state police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna told Reuters.

"The 15 students were being conveyed to school by the driver and the teacher that normally accompanies them when they were abducted," Ogbonna said.

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Flood victims sleep by roadsides in northern Nigeria

By Susan Njanji (AFP)

HADEJIA, Nigeria - They sleep where they can, the men seeking dry spots on roadsides, women and children piling into houses still standing as huge numbers of displaced return to flood-hit villages in Nigeria's north.

In the daytime, they dig through mud that used to be their homes to find anything salvageable. Fishermen work the floodwaters surrounding marooned villages while children swim nearby.

"It has been hard," said Musa Ibrahim, who has two wives, nine children and three grandchildren.

"I'm begging my brother not only

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Nigeria: President Jonathan approves N1.75bn grants to Sokoto, Kebbi Govts over flood disasters

Sep 28, 2010, 18:30

President Jonathan has approved the release of N1 billion and N750 million as Federal Government grants to Sokoto and Kebbi State Governments, respectively, as part of Government's assistance to alleviate the sufferings of victims of the flood disaster that ravaged the two states.

The grants are to be expended on reconstruction of damaged , culverts and bridges; scour inspection and survey of piers and abutments of the severely eroded bridge across the Sokoto River; and urgent after-flood protection study of the affected areas.

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Agency denies opened dams caused Nigeria floods

DUTSE, Nigeria - The agency in charge of two dams in northern Nigeria denied on Sunday that the opening of gates at the barriers had caused major flooding that officials say has displaced some two million people.

The governor of Jigawa state has blamed opened flood gates for the disaster that has destroyed huge swathes of farmland and left residents taking shelter in schools.

State officials say the dams were opened last month, swamping areas along the Hadejia River and adding to flood misery that had already washed away entire villages across other parts

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Open flood gates displace two million in Nigeria

LAGOS - About two million people, or about half the population of Nigeria's Jigawa state, have been displaced after authorities had to open flood gates on two rivers, a government official said on Friday.

"We have about two million people affected," Umar Kyari spokesman of Jigawa state told AFP. Jigawa has a population of about 4.3 million people.

He said the flooding was caused after authorities opened flood gates of the Challawa and Tiga dams in neighbouring Kano state to avoid overflowing following heavy rains.

"When the rains became too much

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Community-led water and sanitation projects take root in Nigeria

This week's UN Millennium Development Goals summit highlighted the importance of reaching the world's most disadvantaged children in order to achieve the MDGs with equity by 2015. Here is a related story.

By Greg Marinovich

CALABAR, Nigeria, 23 September 2010 - Esther Etowa's lively face is quick to break into an engaging smile. Her deep voice can change from a comforting murmur into a boom that can be heard across the width and breadth of a village - a useful quality in Ms. Etowa's work.

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UN TEAM ARRIVES IN NIGERIA TO HELP AUTHORITIES COMBAT ACUTE LEAD POISONING

(Geneva/New York: 21 September 2010): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is stepping up efforts to assist Nigerian authorities in combating an outbreak of acute lead poisoning, which has reportedly affected hundreds of children to date in northern Nigeria.

"This emergency affects young children and pregnant women the most," said Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. "The outbreak shows how closely human health and the environment are linked, in particular

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World leaders and experts meet to raise the profile of education on the development agenda

NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 - A brainstorming session to examine ways to make the case for education by showing its powerful impact on all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be held on 22 September, as world leaders gather in New York to review progress on the MDGs.

A special focus on education is critical, according to the organizers of the session, Save the Children, Qatar, UNESCO and UNICEF. Education is the key to sustained global progress towards all the millennium targets, but about 69 million children - among them the