Nigerian Government seeks collective efforts to revive Lake Chad Basin

Hikmat Bamigboye, Abuja

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Nigerian government says it will collaborate with all stakeholders to save the Lake Chad Basin from extinction.

Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu said this at the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Lake Chad Basin Commission in Abuja.

The Minister said that despite the poverty and security challenges facing the Lake Chad Basin, fresh water body is still the main source of water supply for drinking, fisheries and other socio-economic activities.

According to him, “The Lake’s surface reportedly shrunk from 25,000 square kilometers to meager 2,500 square kilometers, if sincere effort is not geared towards recharging the lake, it has potential consequences not only on the people of the region, but the entire world.”

The Minister emphasised on the UN Environmental Programme of 2006 which persistent on drought and ravages of growing human population.

He called for the sustainability of the project by all stakeholders within the region.

The Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission, Mr Sanusi Abdullahi, said  that insurgency, climate change, nonpayment of annual contributions were some of the challenges militating against full implementation of its programmes in the region.

He added that, there is the need to mobilise partnership for reversing the devastating effect of the Basin.

Mr Abdullahi added that the huge progress made towards the realisation of the Inter-Basin Water Transfer project to recharge the basin and save it from extinction was worthy of note.

He stated that the programme to rehabilitate and strengthen the resilience of the basin was ongoing, despite challenges, and also expressed hope that it would pick up by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

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