Monday, October 6, 2014 6:58 pm
President Goodluck Jonathan will undertake one-day official visit to Niamey, capital of Niger Republic tomorrow to participate in an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
President Jonathan and other leaders are expected to review ongoing collaboration against terrorism and agree on further joint action to curb terrorism and insurgency within and across their national boundaries.
In May in Paris, President Jonathan and leaders of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin Republic resolved to intensify joint efforts to curtail terrorism.
The West African leaders at the Paris Summit hosted by President Francois Hollande, on the heels of the dastardly abduction of the Chibok College girls, agreed to establish joint anti-terrorism patrols and a system of sharing intelligence to support operations against terrorists and other cross-border criminals.
They likewise agreed to create a dedicated team to draw up and advise on the implementation of a regional counter-terrorism strategy under the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
Benin Republic, which participated in the Paris Summit but is not a member of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, has been invited to the Niamey talks.
The Lake Chad Basin Commission was established in 1964 by Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon with the mandate of equitably managing shared water resources of the Lake Chad Basin and promoting regional integration, peace and security across the Basin.
President Jonathan who will be accompanied to Niamey by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the Chief Of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh and other senior government officials will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the summit.