The Executive Secretary of Lake Chad Basin Commission, Amb. Mamman Nuhu has called on member countries to pay up their financial commitments towards promoting livelihood in the region as the climate variability impact on Lake Chad continues to worsen the abundance and conservation status of biodiversity.
Nuhu made the call at the opening of the 68th Ordinary Session of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Council (LCBC) of Ministers in Abuja on Monday, where he noted that the commission was confronted with the challenges of restoring peace and stability and finding a sustainable solution to underdevelopment in the region.
According to him, climate change and insecurity have had devastating effects on the livelihoods of over 30 million people, a development that has impacted the rich biodiversity of the basin.
While commending the LCBC financial and technical partners, he pledged the commission’s commitment towards delivering a stable region with enhanced economic growth.
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On his part, the Chairman of the LCBC Council of Ministers, Mr Suleiman Adamu called on member states to seek out ways to address the root causes of insurgency in the basin, adding that regional leaders must not only provide guidance in addressing these transboundary securities but play their roles efficiently in order to sustainably develop the region.
“As such, we must commit appropriate resources and make a concerted effort to work together cooperatively toward the fulfilment of LCBC’s mandate and missions,”. “Also, as member countries, we must support the LCBC Secretariat in its quest to implement programmes and projects dedicated to building resilience and advancing sustainable development”.
Adamu, who doubles as Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, said that the meeting was an opportunity to provide guidance and direction for addressing the common challenges.
Story was adapted from environnewsnigeria