The first summit meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission since its inauguration in 1964 ended today (Friday July 7) in Fort Lamy, Chad.
The first summit meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission since its inauguration in 1964 ended today (Friday July 7) in Fort Lamy, Chad. The meeting--of the heads of state of Chad, Niger, Cameroun and Nigeria--ended with an agreement to create a development fund and two specialised agencies of the Commission, et up to exploit the basin's water resources. One of these agencies would be concerned with cattle foodstuff and the other with agricultural products, said a joint communique issued on thursday (July 6).
Recently, the Commission's work has been hampered by a reduced flow of funds, reports Reuters news agency. This film shows the heads of sate arriving on the first day of the meeting, on Tuesday (July 4).
SYNOPSIS: The four heads of the Lake Chad Basin Commission--Niger, Chad Cameroun and Nigeria--held their first summit meeting on tuesday since he Commission's inauguration in 1964, eight years ago. First to arrive for the summit in Chad, was President Hamani Diori of Niger, who was greeted by host President Francois Tombalbaye. Next was President Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria.
Following the arrivals of the visiting leaders--General Gowon, President Ahidjo of Cameroun, and president Diori--the four heads of state went on an open-car tour of the streets of Fort Lamy, capital of Chad, before the opening of the Summit.
The Commission was first formed in 1964 to exploit the Chad Basin's water resources. Since then, until now, it hasn't had a summit meeting, and there are reports that its development has been hampered by reduced flow of funds from various development agencies. But b the end of this meeting, the four heads of state had agreed to st p a development fund and two specialised agencies. One would deal with cattle and foodstuffs, and the other with agricultural produce, said a joint communique issued at the end of the two-day meeting.