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Lake Chad Water Transfer Possible, But Expensive – Minister

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The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu on Friday said the proposed Inter-Basin Water Transfer from Congo River into the Lake Chad was possible, expensive and would require more consultations.

Adamu said this at a Media Forum, with the theme, `Engage, Educate and Empower Nigerians on the Legacy Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources’ in Abuja.

He said massive interventions ongoing in the basin, had been largely impacted by effects of climate change.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 40 million people depend on the natural resources of Lake Chad.

He noted that this was crucial as environmental challenges like silting, new flood plains due to climate change, were affecting the lake.

Speaking on the ministry’s dam projects, the minister said the River Basin Development Authorities were being revitalized to deliver on their mandates.

He added that this is a part of the projects envisioned to transform the region into a more stable economic hub as the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the North-east draw to a close.

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