African heads of state from several countries in the Niger River Basin have held a summit meeting in the Nigerian capital of Lagos.
African heads of state from several countries in the Niger River Basin have held a summit meeting in the Nigerian capital of Lagos. The countries are all members of the Niger Basin Commission, an organisation formed in 1963 to promote development of the area and increase economic co-operation between member states.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday (26 January), Nigeria's Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, delivered the opening address at the one-day summit meeting.
Among the countries attending the summit were Niger Republic, Upper Volta, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Republic of Benin. One of the speakers was the Head of State of the Republic of Benin, Colonel Mathew Kerekou.
The Niger River Basin Commission was officially ratified in 1964, in the capital of Niger Republic, Niamey. Among its main aims are an extensive five-year development programme and the successful tapping of the resources of the Niger River Basin for the benefit of its member states.
Heads of state at the summit also discussed problems encountered over the past sixteen years. A statement released after the meeting said members had not, as yet, fulfilled pledges and grants to the Commission worth eighteen-and-a-half million (U.S.) dollars.