Nigeria

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ruled that although every Nigerian has a constitutional right to inspect the assets declaration made by public officers, the right is not enforceable until National Assembly prescribes the conditions for it exercise.

Through the thick white fog stinging with the smell of raw gas, boys clutching handkerchiefs to their noses patrol making sure no one starts an engine, takes a flash photograph or does anything that could light a spark and ignite the whole area. The continuous hiss of rushing gas, so loud that people within an arm's reach have to shout to each other, can be heard 500 metres (yards) away from the site of the oil wellhead that burst on Sunday on an Ogoniland farm in Nigeria's southeast.

Nigerian Nobel Prize winning author Wole Soyinka has an Earth Week message for the world about his homeland - at least a third of the entire country is polluted in some way.

As democratic governance in Nigeria approaches its second anniversary, the activities of the media, believed worldwide to have a significant bearing on the successful prosecution of the form of government, is once again coming under scrutiny. Media Rights Agenda, working with ARTICLE 19, the Global Campaign for Free Expression, based in London, this month begins a Media Monitoring Project in Nigeria.

Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria, in cooperation with the Summit Secretariat, has begun a build-up to the African Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and other Infectious Diseases organised by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and hosted by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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