Osinbajo Challenges African Leaders To Tackle Lake Chad Basin Crisis
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has warned African leaders that the world would pay a steep price if selfish interests and a collective failure to rise to the challenge of tackling issues surrounding the Lake Chad basin crisis is allowed to thrive.
Osinbajo said this at a two-day international conference on saving the Lake Chad, organised by the federal government and the Lake Chad Basin Commission in Abuja.
Lake Chad is the principal source of freshwater for 40 million people.
But climate change and water mismanagement have contributed to a staggering 90 percent decline of the lake’s surface over the past 40 years.
As it dries up and hunger rises, the region has become fragile and Boko Haram have targeted subsistence farmers and fishermen to fill their ranks.
The ongoing Islamist insurgency has forced tens of thousands of people to cross borders in search of food and safety.
The UN estimates that more than two million people have been uprooted from their homes and 10.7 million are in need of food handouts to survive.