The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC has pledged its support in the development of the Inter-Basin Water Transfer project, aimed at recharging the Lake Chad.
While commending the OIC’s decision, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, at the opening of the 14thSummit of the OIC hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, noted that the shrinking of Lake Chad to about 10 per cent of its original size had adversely affected over 30 million livelihoods in the sub-region, Herald NG reports.
He maintained that the shrinking had cause severe economic deprivation, fuelled illegal migration to Europe, the displacement of communities and radicalization of youth, forcing them to join the Boko Haram terrorist group.
“In this connection, we welcome the various interventions under the Special Programme for the Development of Africa, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development and the recent approved Science and Technology Fund, among others.
“We urge them to do more as their contributions towards poverty alleviation and peace building,’’ he added.
President Buhari also lauded the OIC for its engagement of the Islamic Development Bank Group in the implementation of national development projects in Africa.
According to him, the robust interventions of the various OIC institutions, particularly the IDB Group, had been effective in such key sectors as trade and investment, agriculture, rural development and food security.