OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to respond appropriately to environmental challenges affecting Lake Chad in the face climate change.
The House also urged the government to increase budgetary allocation to the restoration of Lake Chad.
The resolution followed a motion moved by James Faleke (APC, Lagos), entitled: Need to Address the Ecological Catastrophe and Humanitarian Crises in the Lake Chad Basin.
Faleke in his motion said that the lake which has decreased from the initial 26, 000 kilometres to the current 1,400km is already causing desertification and conflict in the region.
He stated further that food insecurity and malnutrition in the region have reached critical levels as reports shows that humanitarian crises across the Lake Chad Basin is one of the world’s most severe and has resulted in mass displacement and migration of people from the region.
Faleke raised concern that the allocation of only N1billion in the 2017 budget to the Lake Chad Basin Commission is meagre compared to the ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the region.
Speaking on the motion, Sodiq Ibrahim (APC, Adamawa) stated that the risk posed by the continuous degradation of the Lake Chad would affect not just the northeast but the entire country.
He attributed the lingering crisis of herdsmen-farmers clashes to the Lake Chad and called for regional response, as he noted that there are engineering suggestions of diversion of River Congo into the Chad basin.
Also speaking in favor of the motion, Sani Abdu (APC, Bauchi) noted that there are also suggestions by some engineers to divert River Benue into the lake chad through special canal.
The House after several debate, mandated its Committees on Lake Chad, Climate Change and Water Resources to liaise with the Ministries of Environment and Water Resources and the Lake Chad Basin Commission and other Development Partners to find lasting solutions to the lingering ecological catastrophe and humanitarian crises in the Lake Chad Basin and report back within eight (8) weeks for further legislative action.