A new approach that will unlock the great potentials of the Lake Chad Basin to an epic center of development is being worked out in Miami Niger Republic.
At the opening ceremony of the Lake Chad Basin Governors Forum, the executive secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, (LCBC) & Head of Mission, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, said that the commission will work in cinergy with the eight governors of the region and other regional bodies to achieve the target.
Representatives of the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Force commander of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and other development organizations are participating in the conference.
The Lake Chad Area with a population of 19 million people is facing multiplicity of challenges ranging from economic dislocation, trans-boarder migration, and mass displacement of people. In an effort to address these protracted challenges, strategies and action plans have been developed by the Governors of the affected areas and other partners to ensure sustainable peace and development of the region.
The executive secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, expressed the commitment of the commission to ensure the region becomes safe, viable and self reliant.
Ambassador Mamman observed that this could only be achieved when there is cinergy and strong partnership by the governors and other stake holders from the region.
We are committed in our deep relationship with the distinguished governors of the region as effective partners in delivering to the present and future generation, a lake Chad region that is viable, self sustaining and safe.
The United Nations special representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas and that of the African Union, Ambassador Hadiza Mustapha stressed the need for member countries to address the issues of poverty, exclusion and insecurity.
They all expressed commitment to support in ending the conflict in the region and ensure stabilization and integration of affected victims.
Five years into the crises the populations of the lake chad are calling for urgent actions and concrete initiatives. None of the countries in the region will profit from the misfortune of the other.
Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Chikezie Ude, noted that the number of civilian casualties in the ongoing operation have significantly decreased from about 2000 in 2015 to 570 in 2018. The commander stressed the need to strengthen civil military relationship for lasting peace to prevail in the lake chad.
The chairmanship of the forum has also been handed over to the Governor of Diffa region, Niger Replublic, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Mouddour, by the immediate past chairman professor Babagana Umura Zulu of Borno state, Nigeria.