President Buhari to host Lake Chad conference

President Muhammadu Buhari will host an international conference on saving the Lake Chad in February.

According to a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the conference is to revitalise the basin’s ecosystem for sustainable livelihood, security and development.

Shehu said this was the first time an international conference on Lake Chad is being organised by the six member countries of the region.

The three-day conference, according to him, will consist of two days of technical sessions and will hold between February 26-28, 2018, in Abuja.

He said the meeting was expected to have in attendance all the Presidents and Heads of government of the member-states, namely Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Libya.

The presidential spokesman said, “The main objective of the international conference is to create global awareness on the socio-economic and environmental challenges arising from the shrinkage of the Lake Chad, the threat to livelihoods including insecurity with a view to developing a comprehensive program for action to save the lake from extinction.

“Specifically, the conference is expected to discuss and develop consensus on the different options to restore Lake Chad, including the Inter-Basin Water Transfer project from the Ubangi River in Central Africa to the Lake Chad.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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