Ministers of Member Countries of the Lake Chad Basin and the African Union are meeting to implement stabilization strategies aimed at bringing lasting peace to areas affected by insurgents in that regional area.
The Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, at the opening of the validation meeting for regional stabilization strategy in Abuja, Nigeria, said the validation meeting was an opportunity to obtain the views of under privileged people.
He noted that the conference fell within the expanded consultations that enriched the regional strategy, and that its bottom-up approach to the consultation processes provided the opportunity to obtain the views of everyday people at the often-forgotten grassroots level.
“We are now at the last leg of process. That of validation where stakeholders and top level decision makers are expected to consider and adapt the final strategy. With the high-level political buy-in, it is our wish and hope that each of the strategy without any delay.
“It is also our wish that the strategy will meet the expectations of our international partners and donors, and spur them into action by providing the necessary support to ensure the success of the programme,” Nuhu explained.
Also speaking, the Nigerian Minister of Water Resources Mr Suleiman Adamu, who was represented at the conference by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, noted that developing a frame work to curtail the activities of insurgents and uphold human rights and protecting lives would be the priority of the continent.
“It is my hope that with the validation of his Regional Stabilization Strategy, the identified thematic pillars will enable the resumption of socio-economic activities and the return to normalcy in the areas affected by Boko Haram insurgency. This underscores the importance of the meeting of the experts to finalize the document,” he noted.
The Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme, Mr. Edward Kallon, who was represented by Country Director, United Nations in Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Bwalyer reiterated the organisation’s commitment to partnering with relevant stakeholders in resolving the crisis around Lake Chad basin.
“The United Nations will continue to be a partner to the Lake Chad sub-region as it continues its path towards stability, recovery and resilience. We continue to support those who need lifesaving assistance, whilst at the same time supporting Member States to build longer term resilience for affected populations,” he stressed.
The participants at the conference believe that uniting the people through the building blocks of recovery and resilience-strengthening is essential in fostering socio-economic political and development in the region.