Buhari Urges Rich Nations To Save Lake Chad From Extinction

Corruption CasesPresident Muhammadu Buhari has urged rich countries to do something urgent to save the Lake Chad from extinction, arising from the effects of climate change.

Receiving the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, in Abuja on Thursday, President Buhari warned that the failure to regenerate the Lake Chad will lead to another round of migration by the people living in the areas.

The President, who led seven ministers to an interactive meeting with the UNESCO chief, said Nigeria and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin lacked the billions of dollars required to channel water from the Congo Basin into the lake to check its rapid depletion.

“Those living in the Lake Chad region have suffered untold hardship and displacement because of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists.

‘‘If there is no farming and fishing, they will dare the desert to migrate.

“Unless the developed countries make concerted efforts to complete the feasibility study, mobilize resources and technology to start the water transfer from the Congo Basin, the Lake Chad will dry up.

‘‘The people will go somewhere and they will create problems for those countries,” the President told the visiting UN official.

President Buhari commended UNESCO’s support to Nigeria, particularly on the ongoing rehabilitation work in the North East and reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

He said the pathetic situation of IDPs require immediate and urgent response from international organisations such as UNSECO to provide infrastructure, health and education for the people in the area.

The UNESCO Director-General, Mrs. Bokova, who commenced a week-long visit to West and Central Africa on August 6, said she was in Nigeria to strengthen the organisation’s programme in the areas of science and technology, gender and youth development, culture, water resources development, health and environment.

Syrian Archaeologist ‘killed In Palmyra’ By IS Militants

palmyraReports says the Archaeologist who looked after ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria for 40 years has been killed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Khaled al-Asaad had been held for about a month by the group, which seized the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site in May.

The 81-year-old’s family informed Syria’s Director of Antiquities, Maamoun Abdul Karim, that he had been beheaded.

Mr Karim said IS militants had tried to extract information from Mr Assad about where some treasures were hidden.

He described Mr Asaad as “one of the most important pioneers in Syrian Archaeology in the 20th Century”.

The murder has been denounced as a “horrific act” by UNESCO, the UN cultural organisation.

Reports say the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, as saying “they killed him because he would not betray his deep commitment to Palmyra,” in a statement.

“His work will live on far beyond the reach of these extremists,” she said. “They murdered a great man, but they will never silence history.”

IS has demolished several ancient sites in Iraq, and there are fears that it will destroy Palmyra, one of the Archaeological jewels of the Middle East.