The 68th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Monday.
This is as Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Hussein Adamu, expressed concern over the 40 million livelihoods threatened by the depletion of water resources in the Lake Chad region as a result of climate change.
Adamu, who said the recent flooding affected almost all major towns in the basin, told participants at the meeting that urgent steps are needed to reduce the devastating effects of climate change on inhabitants of the Lake Chad Basin.
According to him, “the recent flooding that affected almost all major towns in the basin indicates that strengthening the resilience of our communities and populations to the impacts of extreme climatic events (as a result of climate change) is of utmost importance and urgency.
“The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) believes, and is convinced, that effective realization of the first phase of the InterBasin Water Transfer Project related to ‘Improving the hydraulicity of the Chari-Logone systeme, and development of the Lake Chad,’ will go a long way in resolving such pressing climate induced disasters.”