Lake Chad problem affecting fishing, farming in Nigeria

Lake Chad problem affecting fishing, farming in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari, On Friday,in Abuja, said his administration will continue to keep the issue of reviving the Lake Chad,

on the front burner and exert more commitment from the developed countries to do the needful.

Lake Chad problem affecting fishing, farming in Nigeria

President Buhari Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and his investiture as Patron of the Foundation,

President Buhari said it was regrettable that the issue of the receding Lake Chad had not been addressed till recent times.

According to him, ‘‘The problem of climate change is real.

The desert encroachment is aggravating it. The population explosion in Nigeria is another big challenge.

‘‘The drying up of Lake Chad is a serious thing for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin countries.

Nigeria is much more affected because fishing, animal husbandry and farming are affected very seriously.

‘‘We are trying to prick the conscience of the developed countries that have the resources and the technology,

to quickly execute the inter basin transfer from Congo Basin to Chad Basin.”

President Buhari also welcomed the advocacy by the Foundation on the need to protect endangered plants and animals in the country.

To this end, the President directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to reflect this in its budgetary requirements in the next fiscal year,

adding;‘‘the rate at which animals are being hunted and eliminated around the country,

we must seriously give the forest reserves our support and attention as much as we can’’.

Earlier in his remarks, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, Member,

Board of Trustees of the Foundation told the President that the nation’s wildlife was fast becoming extinct.

Also, He added that for more than 10 years,

the rate of deforestation in Nigeria has been one of the highest in the world with the country losing close to 95 per cent of its original forest cover.

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