President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday asked that a report on preventing the drying up of the Lake, submitted in 1920 be studied and reports forwarded to his administration as part of renewed efforts to salvage the already deteriorating situation of the Lake Chad. This is just as the President yesterday called for increase patronage of domestic gas use for cooking amongst Nigerian Citizens to curb continuous felling of trees used as firewood for cooking.
The Lake Chad is a historically lake regarded as the largest lake in the Chad Basin and located mainly in the far West of Chad, sharing a border with north-eastern Nigeria. The lake is economically important to the region, providing water to over 68 million people living in four countries surrounding it (Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria) on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
Despite the high levels of evaporation. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Fatimah Mede stated this yesterday while speaking with State House Correspondents after briefing President Buhari on the activities of the Ministry at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The perm. sec. said President Buhari gave the directive following his concern about the receding of the Lake Chad from the 33,000square kilometres about two decades ago to just 300 square kilometres. Stating that this is adversely affecting the livelihood of those whose economic activities is directly linked to it. “So he has directed that we should go and look at the report that was submitted 1920 about how to prevent Lake Chad from drying up, so that the communities around even border communities including the countries benefiting from activities of fishermen and livelihood based on lake Chad are not affected.