President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday directed the Federal Ministry of Environment to revert to a 1920 report in order to overcome the challenges of Lake Chad Basin.
The lake is said to have dried up from about 33,000 square kilometres to just about 300 square kilometres within two decades.
Buhari gave the directive while receiving briefings on the activities of the Federal Ministry of Environment led by its Permanent Secretary, Fatima Mede at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mede, who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, said Buhari was concerned that the drying up of the waters had affected farmers, fishermen and the surrounding communities who relied on the lake for their livelihood.
She said: “The President is also concerned about the fact that Lake Chad is receding from the 33,000square kilometres about two decades ago to just 300 square kilometres which has affected the farmers, fishermen and the livelihood of the people around that area.
“So he has directed that we should go and look at the report that was submitted in 1920 about how to prevent Lake Chad from drying up so that the communities around, even border communities including the countries benefitting from activities of fishermen and livelihood based on Lake Chad will not be affected.”
According to her, the President also expressed concern over the general environmental degradation in the country, which she said was affecting over 43 percent of the population.
Buhari, she said, had therefore directed that more measures be put in place to check the trend, including the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for cooking especially in the urban areas of the country.