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Nigeria to host international conference on Lake Chad in 2018

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Nigeria will in February host an international conference “expected to discuss and develop consensus on the different options to restore Lake Chad”.

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

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

The spokesman said the three-day conference would consist of two days of technical sessions and will hold between February 26 and 28, 2018, in Abuja.

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Shehu added that 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 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”, the statement read in part.

 

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