The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has ratified Lake Chad Basin Water Charter following a treaty which was signed in 2012 by all member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, that required 95 per cent of member countries to ratify before it comes into effect.
Minister of Water Resources, Sulaiman Adamu gave the hint in Abuja when he briefed newsmen about the outcome of the Wednesday FEC meeting alongside Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Adamu explained that the charter seeks to strengthen cooperation among all members and to bring a consensus on issues relating to environment, security and future of the lake itself, noting that other countries are expected to ratify the charter so that they can strengthen relationship in the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
He said, “As you are aware, the lake has been threatened by climate change. It has shrunk to less than 10 per cent of its original size 40, 50 years ago and efforts are being put in place to ensure the lake is safe from extinction and to improve the security situation which as you know, is part of the reasons for the current restlessness and insurgency by youths in the North East.”
Meanwhile, Fayemi informed that the council has approved N326.781 million for procurement of 38 units Nissan patrol vehicles for mines inspectorate division, Ministry of Mines and Steel, to curb illegal mining.
He said that all 36 states of the federation would benefit from the procurement as each states, including Federal Capital Territory, would get one vehicle while Lagos would get two.
Fayemi said that no vehicle has been purchased for the mines and steel inspectorate division to oversee what is going on in various states for a decade, adding that the move would curb activities of illegal miners and other challenges facing the sector.
He noted that over the last two to three months, all approvals gotten for vehicles was not only in Mines and Steel Ministry, but also in Prisons Service, Immigration and EFCC, adding that the Council has authorized buying vehicles from local assembly plants so that the ministry can begin to strengthen automotive industry.
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