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Commission opens calls for tenders for the transfer of water between basins to Lake Chad

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Commission opens calls for tenders for the transfer of water between basins to Lake Chad

By Tosin Kolade

The member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) on Monday opened calls for tenders for the assessment and in-depth study on improving water flow in the Lake Chad region.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the in-depth study will be conducted on the Chari and Logone rivers, which flow through the Central African Republic.

Nigerian Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu noted that the Lake Chad Basin has suffered from a combination of the impacts of climate change over the past four decades.

“For about four decades, recurrent droughts, a general decrease in rainfall and a degradation of biodiversity have led to a drastic change in the environmental conditions of the Lake Chad basin.

“The drying up of the lake, desertification and the decline of agricultural activities have been a major challenge for the social and economic well-being of millions of people in the region,” he added.

Adamu cited the challenges as having affected the livelihood support of the population, thus increasing poverty and general insecurity in the region.

The study, he said, was therefore essential to the revitalization of Lake Chad and necessary to sustainably tackle the effects of climate change, youth unemployment and endemic poverty in the region.

“The objectives of the study are to minimize water loss, through evaporation, particularly in the floodplains of the Chari and Logone rivers by controlling discharges in the floodplains.

“It is about improving the hydraulic capacity to facilitate additional flows, improve the depths of the two rivers and also control the degradation of the river banks”.

Commission opens calls for tenders for the transfer of water between basins to Lake Chad

He said the task of developing a viable and prosperous basin, which relied on sustainable environmental practices, improved resilience and strengthened ecological systems, required the collective commitment of all stakeholders.

Adamu pledged the Nigerian government’s commitment to save Lake Chad from continued shrinkage, saying “President Muhammadu Buhari attaches great importance to the development of the Lake Chad basin”.

Amb. Mamman Nuhu, Executive Secretary of the LCBC, noted that the decision to conduct an in-depth study for the Inter-Basin Water Transfer Project (IBWT) was a consequence of the 65th regular meeting of the LCBC Council of Ministers which has just s ‘finish.

He noted that the IBWT was an ultimate solution to recharge the lake and reverse the adverse effects of climate change on the well-being of the people who depend on it.

Nuhu urged experts and consultants to analyze the submitted bids and make recommendations that would best serve the interests of the region and its people.

He commended the current administration for leading efforts to improve livelihoods in the Lake Chad region. (NAA)

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