President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the interest of the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, to support the restoration of the Lake Chad to its old glory.
Speaking when he met with the Dutch Prime Minister, at The Hague, President Buhari also welcomed Netherlands’ commitment to establish a technical committee to work with the Nigerian side on the best approach to address the shrinkage of the Lake Chad.
The Nigerian leader stressed the need for workable solutions to restore the Lake Chad, including the inter-basin water transfer project from Ubangi River in Central Africa to the Lake.
President Buhari also raised the humanitarian crisis in the region, the receding of the Lake Chad and its impact on the economy of the communities living in the area.
The two leaders also discussed the fight against insurgency in the North East, climate change, economic cooperation, the fight against corruption and a range of other issues of mutual interest
Prime Minister Rutte congratulated Nigeria on the enormous strides being recorded on the economy, including Nigeria’s rising profile on World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. The two leaders agreed on the need for more collaboration to increase trade.