President Muhammadu Buhari haw called for global support to develop the resources in the Niger Basin area home to over 160 million people who depend on the river as a means of sustenance.
He made the call on Thursday on Thursday June 3, 2021, in Abuja when he declared open the virtual 12th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA).
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The President believes the Niger River, commonly called Djoliba in Guinea and Mali, offers enormous development opportunities in the fields of agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, fish farming, hydropower, hydraulics and navigation.
“It is therefore necessary to continue to promote its enormous potential for the benefit of our people and to improve the socio-economic development of the region,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.
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