October 31, 2010

Jonathan arrives for summit on Lake Chad

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA – AS part of international efforts to seek solutions to Lake Chad whose water has receded about 90 percent, President Goodluck Jonathan is among six African Heads of State and Government currently in N’djamena, the capital of Chad Republic .

Having shrunk drastically in recent years thereby endangering human beings and live stock that are heavily dependent on it, the lake  provides water for about 20 million people in the six countries bordering it.

President Jonathan

The summit of the African leaders is taking place under the African Session of the 5th World Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) with the theme: “Safeguard of Lake Chad.”

LCBC which was created 1964 has the objective of ensuring the most rational use of water, land and other natural resources in the Chad Basin and to coordinate regional development among member States.

President Jonathan arrive N’djamena Sunday morning, to join in the opening ceremony, the host President Idris Derby of Chad, Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon, Salou Djibo of Niger Republic, Francois Bozize of Central African Republic and Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

He was received on arrival at the Hassan Djamous International Airport, N’djamena by members of the cabinet of the government of Chad led by the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mousssa Faki Mahamat.

CHAD SUMMIT: From left: President Goodluck Jonathan; President Idris Derby of Chad, and President Muammar Ghadafi at of Libya, at the opening of the 13th summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission at N'djamena, Republic of Chad, Sunday.

Also in N’djamena are Governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State, the Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Obadiah Ando, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Martin Uhomoibhi, the Nigerian Ambassador in Central African Republic(CAR), Tabari Zaria, among others.

The two-day summit has also attracted the presence of researchers from across the globe, top ranking political and diplomatic personalities from the participating countries.

At the end of the summit, President Jonathan is scheduled to be hosted to a reception dinner by the Nigerian Ambassador to Chad, Alhaji Abdullahi Omaki and would thereafter meet with a cross section of members of the Nigerian community in the country to brief them of the efforts of his administration in the country.

President Jonathan is expected back in Nigeria tomorrow.