NEWS FG de­mands Obasanjo’s regime re­port on Lake Chad

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has de­manded the re­port of a study car­ried out on the Lake Chad dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo.

He spoke at the State House in Abuja yesterday while re­ceiv­ing from the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Sa­muel Ukura, the re­port of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Au­dit on the Dry­ing-up of Lake Chad car­ried out by Lake Chad Basin Com­mis­sion (LCBC) mem­ber­coun­tries.

They com­prised of Chad, the court of au­di­tor of Niger and the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral of Nige­ria.

The pres­i­dent stated that his gov­ern­ment would like to see the re­port in or­der to know how to seek the as­sis­tance of Nige­ria’s for­eign part­ners.

Buhari said he was dis­ap­pointed that while pre­sent­ing the au­dit re­port yesterday, the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral did not men­tion the re­port of the study which, ac­cord­ing to him, Obasanjo’s gov­ern­ment spent $5 mil­lion on.

He said apart from con­tribut­ing 40 per­cent to the Lake Chad Com­mis­sion bud­get, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to of­fer­ing ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship in the fight against in­sur­gency and other en­vi­ron­men­tal needs of the Sa­hel re­gion.

Buhari also as­sured that he would urge the Na­tional Assem­bly to do­mes­ti­cate the Lake Chad Basin Wa­ter Char­ter adopted on April 30, 2012 by the sum­mit of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment Sum­mit of the Lake Chad Basin Com­mis­sion.

He said: “I’ve to di­gress here based on per­sonal knowl­edge of this. I saw an ar­ti­cle in the jour­nal of Na­tional De­mo­graphic in 1978 that a pro­fes­sor in the Univer­sity of Lon­don in 1925 had fore­seen what we’re just see­ing. I handed over the ar­ti­cle to Gen. Obasanjo and I un­der­stand that Gen. Obasanjo took the ini­tia­tive some­times ago. It’s on record that he’s the only Nige­rian that has presided over the coun­try for more than 11 years. He gave $5m to the study, and the study was that, un­less some of the rivers from the Cen­tral Africa Re­pub­lic are di­verted to empty into Chad Basin, Lake Chad will dry up.”

Ear­lier, Ukura had said that there was a strong cor­re­la­tion be­tween stink­ing Lake Chad and in­se­cu­rity in the north­east.

Ac­cord­ing to him, it is be­lieved that part of the root causes of vi­o­lence and in­sta­bil­ity in the Lake Chad Basin has not been ad­e­quately ad­dressed is the cru­cial is­sue of weak wa­ter re­sources man­age­ment which led to its scarcity.

Ukura listed the find­ings of the group as in­clud­ing weak con­trol of hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties on the is­sue of wa­ter re­sources in the Lake Chad Basin and ar­bi­trary con­struc­tion of dams with­out im­pact as­sess­ment.

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