The Chad Basin Commission opened its fourth summit meeting in Lagos on April 21.
GV Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos.
GV Arrival of Nigerial President Shehu Shagari.
GV Arrival of President Seyni Kountche of Niger.
GV Arrival of President Paul Biya of Cameroun.
GV Arrival of President Hissene Habre of Chad.
GV INTERIOR Heads of State take seats.
SV & PAN Heads of State.
SV President Shagari addressing meeting. (SOT) (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SHAGARI: (SEQ 8) "Apart from the political troubles of Chad, which I have mentioned earlier, the major probles of this organisation continues to be finance. The world is currently going through a global economic recession, the consequences of which has been decline in revenue for our member nations. No doubt this situation must have affected the capacity of member nations to meet their financial obligations to our commission. It is, however, my strong belief that an active support and promotion of the activities of the Lake Chad basin Commission should be a tremendous boost to the economies of member states."
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Background: The Chad Basin Commission opened its fourth summit meeting in Lagos on April 21. The 19-year-old organisation had not met at summit level for six years owing to internal problems among member states, in particular the civil war in Chad. Nigeria, Niger, Cameroun and Chad created the Commission in 1964 to develop their common waters and other agricultural resources. Presidents Shehu Shagari of Nigeria, Seyni Kountche of Niger, Paul Biya of Cameroun and Hissene Habre of Chad met at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. In his address, Nigeria's President Shagari said the organisation had yielded tremendous results in water resources development, forestry, fisheries and specific agricultural projects. He stressed that the major problem facing eh member states was the global recession and its financial consequences but said the Commission's activities would boost their economies. The Heads-of-State were due to examine a comprehensive guidance document produced by experts from the four nations and international organisation for the development of land and water resources in the region.