Nigeria yesterday expressed fear that if Lake Chad is allowed to dry up the effect would be very devastating on the country, especially on food security and youth employment provided by agriculture.
Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Samuel Tyonongo Ukura, stated this while submitting Special Audit Reports of Nigeria, which comprises three special reports to the National Assembly in Abuja.
Ukura said, “The key message of the National Audit Report of Nigeria is that Lake Chad is drying up very fast from 25, 000 square kilometre in 1960 to 1, 500 square kilometre as at present. We must save Lake Chad from extinction.”
He said the importance of water to food production by farmers cannot be over emphasized, stressing the need for urgent meeting of stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the drying up of the lake.
Ukura informed that the Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, when constituted would be adequately educated on the impacts of the reports, especially as they affect the activities of Lake Chad.
The Auditor-General explained that the reports, which included two compact discs, CDs of the film titled “Saving Lake Chad”, focus on Nigeria, while the Joint Audit Report is integration of National Audit Reports of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
Ukura listed them as “National Audit Report on environment audit on the drying up of Lake Chad”, “Joint Audit Report on environment audit on the drying up of Lake Chad” and “Special Period Checks on the activities and programmes of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for the period 2008 to 2012”.
According to him, while there is strong correlation between shrinking Lake Chad and insecurity in the North East of Nigeria, the activities and programmes of the NDDC if well implemented could bring about the desired peace in Niger Delta.
He stressed that the coordinated environmental audit on the drying up of Lake Chad was a performance audit exercise conducted in accordance with international best practices.
“The audit was carried out by Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries, including the Supreme State Audit Services of Cameroon, the Court of Auditors of Chad, the Court of Auditors of Niger, and the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This was sponsored by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German Cooperation on Good Financial Governance Programme in Africa for accountability.
Ukura explained that the submission of special audit reports is different from the submission of annual report of the Auditor-General of the Federation on the accounts of the government at the end of every financial year.
“I have submitted the latter up to year 2013, while 2014 Annual Report of the Auditor-General of the Federation is in progress”, he disclosed.

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