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U.S. govt announces $5m grant to AfDB

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The U.S government says it will provide a five-million-dollar grant to the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support efforts to reduce methane gas emissions across Africa.

U.S. Special Presidential envoy for climate, Mr. John Kerry made the announcement at a breakfast event held on the sideline of the ongoing 18th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) being held in Dakar, Senegal.

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This is according to a statement from the Communication and External Relations Department of AfDB on Thursday.

The conference which began on Sept. 12, and would end on Sept. 16, has as its theme “Securing People’s Well-being and Ensuring Environmental Sustainability in Africa”.

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According to the statement, methane accounts for about half of the net rise in global average temperature since the pre-industrial era.

Kerry said more than 25 countries on the continent had joined the Global Methane Pledge, “a resounding level of support for the importance of methane in keeping 1.5 degrees within reach”.

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“I am very pleased that AfDB is responding to the increased global attention on methane emissions and is planning to increase their own focus on methane abatement in coming years,” he added.

The Global Methane pledge, inaugurated during COP26, targets reducing emissions of methane by at least 30 per cent from 2020 levels over the next seven years.

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Welcoming the contributions, AfDB Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, Mr Kevin Kariuki said the bank planned to create activities within the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) to support methane reduction.

“With the support of the U.S. government, and other donors and non-state actors, we intend to create a dedicated pillar of activities within our Africa Climate Change Fund.

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“To support methane abatement including working with countries to include methane in their Nationally Defined Contributions and develop pipelines of methane abatement projects for further investment.

“This will provide an excellent foundation for increased focus on methane emissions,” Kariuki said.

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The AfDB would be releasing a methane baseline reporting covering waste and energy sector methane emissions across Africa at the forthcoming COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The grant, subject to the completion of U.S. domestic procedures and approvals, would go to the multi-donor ACCF, which is managed by the bank.

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The fund supports a broad range of activities covering climate resilience and low-carbon growth.

Additional funding was also promised by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the Global Methane Hub to tackle methane emissions in African countries.

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The Global Methane Hub would contribute five million dollars over the next three years.

The hub funds methane mitigation efforts.

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The coalition, a voluntary partnership of governments, intergovernmental organisations, businesses, and research institutions, would provide 1.2 million dollars.

The five-day 18th Session of AMCEN ends on Friday and is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme.

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It provides African environment ministers a forum to offer policy guidance that will contribute to strengthening Africa’s voice at the COP27.

The ACCF was established in April 2014 to support African countries in building their resilience to the negative impacts of climate change and in transitioning to sustainable low-carbon growth.

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Many Die In Bullion Van Accident

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The Kebbi police command has confirmed the death of six people including three policemen in a multiple accident on Tuesday along Argungu-Birnin Kebbi road in the state.

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The spokesman of the command, Abubakar Nafi’u, said in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.

“The accident occurred when a Carina E car, carrying jerry cans of PMS was suspected to have been pursued by a Nigeria Custom Service patrol team from Birnin Kebbi.

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“On getting to Jeda village, the Carina E car had a head on collision with the Bullion van, as a result, bursting into flames and consumed three other cars.

“Consequently, a total of five vehicles and one motorcycle were burnt to ashes.

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“Six people including three policemen also died in the inferno, while five other people and three policemen sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kebbi for medical attention,” he said.

Mr Nafi’u said that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, had visited the accident scene.

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“He prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the lives of the departed souls an eternal rest and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“Magaji-Kontagora is also assuring members of the public that a thorough investigation will be carried out to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident,” he added.

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Elderly Woman Falls On Her Knees To Pray For Peter Obi In Jos Rally

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As political campaigns for the 2023 general elections commenced on Wednesday, a elderly woman has been captured praying for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, during a solidarity rally held in Jos, Plateau State.

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The Director-General of the Obi-Datti Campaign organization, Doyin Okupe, in a tweet on Wednesday disclosed that the LP candidate and his vice, Datti Baba Ahmed, will attend the Jos rally although the party is yet to commence campaigns officially.

”Today in Jos, HE Peter Obi & his running mate Datti-Ahmed, will honour an invitation from the Middle Belt forum to attend a solidarity rally. We are yet to commence our own campaigns.

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To comfort our students, We urge the FG to quickly resolve the lingering ASSU Crisis,” the tweet read.

Amongst persons seen at the venue to welcome the LP flag bearer was an elderly woman on her knees in the midst of other supporters praying for Peter Obi at the Rwang Pam Stadium Jos, Plateau state.

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UNIBEN releases post-UTME, DE screenings date

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The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.

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The university in a notice by its Registrar, Ademola Bobola on Wednesday in Benin, said the exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.

Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test mode.

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“Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.

Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the institution to the university’s official website.

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