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Rescue Of Chibok Girls Tops Agenda As Regional Security Summit Opens In Abuja

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Posted: May 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Fresh strategies for a speedy and safe rescue of the Chibok Girls and plan for climate resilient action for the shrinking Lake Chad, will top discussions as member nations, stakeholders and development partners brainstorm today at the Second Regional Security Summit (RSS) of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), in Abuja.
The first edition of the summit hosted two years ago in Paris France,  at the peak of insurgents activities by Boko Haram in the North East,  was geared towards combating the terrorists, ensure safe release of the Chibok Girls, strengthen co-operation among LCBC member nations,  namely Nigeria,  Cameroon,  Chad and Niger, among other strategic milestones.
Addressing journalists in Abuja on arrangements for the 2nd RSS, Ambassador Bulus Lolo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  said this edition of the Summit would be development- centered.
He said the summit would undertake an honest assessment of its successes and failures in the past two years, vis -a -vis the objectives set out in the maiden regional effort, and chart the way forward for the next two years.
Ambassador Lolo explained that with the insurgents now on the retreat and land areas previously occupied by the terrorists now reclaimed by the 8,500-strong Multi National Joint Task Force, the LCBC and development partners would be redirecting attention to the post -conflict phase of the engagement.
This, he said,  include a phased contribution for the implementation of the Lake Chad Development (LCD) Climate Action Plan, rescue of the abducted schoolgirls,  gathering and sharing of intelligence, especially in control and prevention of trafficking in drugs and small and light weapons.
The summit, Lolo reiterated, will pay serious attention to the issue of resettlement of IDPs as well as reconnecting the over 6000 unaccompanied children, whose parents may have died in the course of the insurgency, to their biological families using modern scientific method.