Buhari Pledges to Implement Audit Report on Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pledged to implement the recommendations of Environmental Audit Report on Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) .

He made the pledge after receiving the report at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Buhari pledged that Nigeria would continue to support the Lake Chad Commission in the discharge of its duties.

“As a member of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Summit of Heads of State and Governments, the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been given maximum support to Lake Chad Basin Commission to ensure the discharge of its mandate.

“In additional to funding the Lake Chad Basin Commission ordinary annual budget through the funding formula to which Nigeria contributes 40 per cent; Niger seven per cent; Libya 18 per cent; Chad 11 per cent; Cameroun 20 percent and Central African Republic four per cent.

“Our government is committed to offer effective leadership in the fight against insurgency and other environmental ills of the Sahel region.

“Since the audit reports have been fully submitted to Lake Chad Basin Commission Summit of Heads of State and Government, we will ensure that the recommendations are considered for implementation.’’

He reiterated Nigeria’s determination to offer effective leadership in fighting insurgency and tackling other environmental challenges of the Sahel region.

The President, therefore, called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the domestication of the Lake Chad Basin Water Charter adopted by the Summit of the Authority of Heads of States and Governments in April 2012.

Mr. Buhari also demanded an explanation on the report of a study on the diversion of some rivers from Central African Republic into the Chad basin initiated by the military regime of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd).

He said that the study, which gulped about five million dollars, was sponsored by Nigeria.

Earlier, the Auditor-General of the Federation, Samuel Ukura, said that the report of the study identified construction of dams and excessive diversion of rivers as some of the factors responsible for the drying up Lake Chad.

He also identified other causes of the drying up of the lake to include poor water management and failure to enforce penalties for the indiscriminate violation of the Lake Chad.