Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Lake Chad worries Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday raised concerns about the threat posed to Lake Chad by climate change.

He sought international support for the rehabilitation of the lake.
According to him, the lake has security and economic importance for Nigeria.
Osinbajo, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, spoke while receiving the French Minister of the Environment, Power and Marine Affairs, Ms. Segolene Royal, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He was quoted as saying that Nigeria supports the Paris Agreement on Climate Change reached at the end of COP21 meeting in France in December 2015 and would sign the global pact in due course.
He described the COP21 outcome as important for everyone, saying it was the largest landmark agreement on climate change.
The statement read, “Nigeria fully supports the Paris Agreement, according to the Vice-President, who also highlighted the need for the rehabilitation of Lake Chad, which is being threatened by climate change.
“He said Lake Chad is also important from the point of view of security and economic factors. The Vice-President restated Nigeria’s concern about the lake and welcomed international support on its preservation and rehabilitation.
“He thanked the French minister for visiting Nigeria as she tours countries on the continent, expressing the hope that Nigeria and France would continue to expand diplomatic and economic relationships, especially as the Federal Government is now confronting a number of economic issues including diversification and development of infrastructure.”
Osinbajo, who was joined at the meeting by the Minister of Environment, Ms. Amina Mohammed, commended the effort of Royal in her role as COP21 president and pledged Nigeria’s continued support.

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