Nigeria has secured the support of Netherlands in efforts to address the issues in Lake Chad area.

This is part of the outcome of a meeting between the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and the Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte, held on Monday at the Hague. 

President Buhari is on a 3-day official visit to the Dutch nation. 

Talks at the meeting focused on issues around the fight against insurgency in the North East, climate change, particularly the shrinkage of Lake Chad, economic cooperation, the fight against corruption and a range of other issues of mutual interest.

A spokesman for President Buhari, Femi Adesina, said the Nigerian leader highlighted the progress made in the fight against insurgency in the North East, and the Dutch Prime Minister pledged the support of his government to the anti-terrorism efforts in the region.

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In this context, President Buhari raised the issue of the humanitarian situation in the region, the receding of the Lake Chad and its impact on the economy of the communities living in the area.

Buhari secures Netherlands support on lake Chad

President Buhari highlighted areas that are needing inputs in the efforts to check the rate at which the lake is shrinking and other issues around the area. 

He says there is a need for workable solutions that would restore the Lake Chad, including the inter-basin water transfer project from Ubangi River in Central Africa to the Lake.

"The President welcomed the interest of the Dutch Prime Minister on Lake Chad and commitment to establish a technical committee to work with the Nigerian side on the best approach to address the issue.

"President Buhari also expressed the firm commitment of his administration to recover more stolen funds and assets of the country stashed abroad and looked forward to working closely with the Netherlands on this," the statement read.

Adesina said Prime Minister Rutte congratulated Nigeria on the enormous strides being recorded, including Nigeria’s rising profile on World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business.

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He noted that the Netherlands was one of Nigeria’s biggest trading partners.

At the end, the two leaders agreed on the need for more collaboration to increase trade.

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