The Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Lake Chad, Hon. Sabo Garba has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari signing into law, the North East Development Commission,NEDC Bill, describing the development as one of the best things to happen to the region.
This is even as he commended the president for earlier ratifying the Lake Chad Charter.
Garba who spoke to Newsmen, yesterday, said the NEDC will help in fast tracking the process of reconstruction of the region.
“We are extremely happy to receive the good news that Mr. President has appended his signature to the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill thus establishing the NEDC.”
“I must also acknowledge with great pleasure and satisfaction the positive disposition of the Federal Government towards the Lake Chad area in particular and the North East geo-political zone in general.
The Charter between Nigeria, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Libya and the Republic of Chad the lawmaker said will further boost socioeconomic and security co-operation among the member nations.
He lamented that the reduction in size of the Lake Chad has further aggravated the suffering of the people around the area, adding that the commitment of the heads of governments of the Lake Chad Basin Member Countries will help in creating governance policies for the management of trans-boundary water resources.
While assuring that the National Assembly will continue to come up with legislative framework that will give legal backing to government policies and actions that will help in recharging the Lake Chad and reclaiming the receded areas and the ecosystem, Hon. Garba stressed the need for more Executive-Legislative synergy and co-operation to save the means of livelihood of over 30 million people living around the Lake Chad Basin.
“Our committee was established with a mandate towards supporting the Lake Chad Basin commission (LCBC) as sub-regional body responsible for the integrated management of the Lake Chad Basin resources in particular and facilitating regional peace, co-operation and security in the nation; and we are committed to this task”, he assured. (Leadership)