President Muhammadu Buhari has called for international support to ramp up developmental efforts in the Niger Basin area which is currently home to more than 160 million people who depend on the River for their livelihoods.
Buhari said this in Abuja while declaring open the virtual 12th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Niger Basin Authority.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said the Niger River offers enormous developmental opportunities in fish farming, animal husbandry, agriculture, fishing, hydropower, hydraulics and navigation which makes it necessary to continue to promote its enormous potentials for the benefit of the people, and to improve the socio-economic development of the region.
He also urged them to keep supporting efforts at developing the Niger Basin in the fight against pollution and the degradation of ecosystems.
As outgoing Chairman of the NBA Leaders’ Summit, President Buhari also gave account of his five-year term leading the organisation.
Meanwhile,the 12th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Niger Basin Authority has ended with the appointment of President Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso as new Chairman.
The appointment is contained in a 10 point Communique issued by participants after the one day Virtual engagement anchored from the State House, Abuja.
The Chairman Council of Ministers of the Authority and Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu read the communique.
The new Chairman of the Authority and President of Burkina Faso Christian KABORE who is taking over from president Buhari for a period of two years.
The appointment of the new Executive Secretary was however deferred for another session to be convened by the new Chairman.
President Buhari congratulated the new Chairman of the Authority, President Christian KABORE on his appointment which he described as a demonstration of utmost confidence in his ability by member states.