Buhari places ‘reviving the Lake Chad on front burner’

President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, in Abuja, said his administration will continue keep the issue of reviving the Lake Chad on the burner and exert more commitment from the developed countries do the needful.This was disclosed press release Thursday Femi Adesina, Special Adviser the President,(Media & Publicity).

President Buhari while speaking during a courtesy visit the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and his investiture as Patron of the Foundation, said it was regrettable the issue of the receding Lake Chad had not been addressed till recent times.

‘‘The problem of climate change is real. The desert encroachment is aggravating it. The population explosion in Nigeria is another big .

‘‘The drying of Lake Chad is a serious thing for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin countries. Nigeria is much more affected because fishing, animal husbandry and farming are affected very seriously.

‘‘ are trying prick the conscience of the developed countries have the resources and the quickly execute the interbasin transfer from Congo Basin Chad Basin,’’ he said.

President Buhari also welcomed the advocacy the Foundation on the need protect endangered plants and animals in the country.

To this end, the President directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to reflect this in its budgetary requirements in the next fiscal year, adding; ‘‘the rate at which animals are being hunted and eliminated around the country, must seriously give the forest reserves our support and attention as much as can’’.

Earlier in his remarks, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, Member, Board of Trustees of the Foundation told the President the nation’s wildlife was fast becoming extinct.

He added that for more than 10 years, the rate of deforestation in Nigeria has been one of the highest in the world with the country losing close to 95 per cent of its original forest cover.

He thanked the President for placing great emphasis on environmental , especially the aspect of climate change, and invited to take charge of ‘Greening Nigeria.’

‘‘ are all proud of the that the Nigerian delegation headed by Mr President played during the climate change agreement in Paris and your single-minded determination to keep the issue in the burner both at home and abroad.

‘‘Your Government has also recorded remarkable achievements in addressing soil erosion with about 60 projects executed by the Ecological Funds all over Nigeria.

‘‘This is not surprising when we remember that it was you, in your first coming as Head of State, that signed the first comprehensive law that addressed the protection of endangered plants and animals in Nigeria through the ‘Endangered Species Decree of 1985’, Joda said.