Lake Chad Basin Region: FG committed to support Boko Haram Affected Areas

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Mr Suleiman Adamu, the Minister of Water Resources says the ministry is committed to supporting all the affected areas of Lake Chad Basin Region by ensuring that they are provided with necessary facilities.

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Adamu said this when the Executive Secretary of Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Amb. Mamman Nuhu paid the minister a courtesy visit on Monday in Abuja.

The visit was to present the Regional Stabilisation Strategy document (RSS)  on the recovery and resilience of the Boko Haram affected areas of the Lake Chad Basin Region.

He said that the ministry would ensure that it supported the water sanitation services of the affected communities in the region.

According to him, the ministry will ensure that the IDPs in the areas are being taken care with adequate support.

“We will continue to make sure that we make life easier to all our brothers and sisters who are affected by the Boko Haram and to ensure that they go back to their normal lives.’’

Adamu said that the ministry would work with the commission and other relevant agencies to organise workshops, conferences and seminars to evaluate everyone as they would present their areas of coverage on the activities in the region.

The Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission, while presenting Regional Stabilisation Strategy (RSS) document to the minister, he said that the commission needed support of the ministry in the implementation of RSS document for the intervention of the Lake Chad.

Nuhu said that the strategy would help the ministry to implement effectively in areas of intervention such as water and sanitation sustainability, inter-governmental cooperation, education and empowering women and youths.’’

He said that the ministry had great impact and role to play in to succeed in implementation of the strategy.

Nuhu said that the strategy document was put together in 2017 and member countries and relevant ministries were represented at different meetings and came up with the regional stabilisation document.

He said the document was validated on August 2018 by the Minister of Water Resources and the process of implementation had been on since then.

According to him, eight affected states and provinces in the reverie countries of Lake Chad which three states are in Nigeria, two in Cameroon and two in Chad and one in Niger.

He said that the governors of these affected states and provinces would produce territorial action plan implementation.

“We are paying visits to countries that are directly affected on the establishment and implemented strategy and ministry of environment is directly at the centre.

He, however, called for synergy between the federal, state governments, agencies and organisations that are supposed to implement the document.

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