Abuja - Speaker of the House of Representative of Nigeria, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has officially opened an event bringing together Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) members to address issues around the shrinking basin.
Lake Chad Basin Commission members comprise of Cameroon, Chad, Central Africa Republic, Libya, Niger and Nigeria.
Tambuwal said that the committee, which was established in 2004 and re-inaugurated in 2013 in Niamey, Niger to create partnership ventures towards developing the entire Lake Chad and its ecosystem, was dedicated to revive the basin.
“Our committee was established with clear mandates towards supporting the LCBC as the sub-regional body responsible for the integrated management of the Lake Chad Basin resources in particular and facilitating regional peace, cooperation and security in the basin areas. I wish to assure all and sundry that our committee and all the legislative arms of the LCBC member-countries are fully committed to these objectives,” he said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, Umar Faruk said that Nigeria has granted $5 million dollars out of the $6 million required to carry out the feasibility study of the inter-basin water transfer from Ubangui River to Lake Chad, in order to recharge the receding lake.
He added the Heads of State and Governments of the Commission welcomed the efforts by the Nigerian government and adopted the report.
The Lake Chad Basin, which covered about 25 000 square kilometres in 1964 has reduced to only about 1 500 square kilometres presently.
This threatens means of livelihood such as fishing, farming and other economic and social activities.
More than 30 million people live around the basin.
– CAJ News