The ceremony of handover between the incoming Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Amb. Maman Nuhu and the out-going ES Engr. Sanusi Imran Abdullahi, was held on Monday, March 12, 2018 in the Conference room of the Commission. The ceremony was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Environment, Water and Fishery of the Republic of Chad, First Commissioner of Chad to LCBC representing the Current Chairman of the Council of Ministers. It is worth mentioning that Directors, Heads of Divisions, Experts and Coordinators of Projects and Programmes of LCBC as well as the Representatives of Technical and Financial Partners and Chadian officials also attended the ceremony. It is also worth noting that this ceremony which was full of emotion and commitments focused on three speeches.
The representative of the personnel of LCBC, Mr. Casimir Toinga paid great tribute to the out-going Executive Secretary for the significant successes recorded in the last seven years under his tenure. This improved considerably the visibility of this regional organization in charge of managing Lake Chad water resources and the ecosystem of its basin in a sustainable manner. He thanked the out-going Executive Secretary for the adequate measures taken with a view to improving the working environment of the personnel. He also congratulated the incoming Executive Secretary of LCBC while urging him to fastrack the review of the Staff Rules and Regulations. Last but not least, he assured him of the full support of the personnel in performing his exhaustive but noble missions.
On his turn, the out-going Executive Secretary commended the successes recorded in the last seven years of his tenure despite the onerous financial constraints confronting the organization and the current challenges facing the region. He expressed his sincere thanks and profound gratitude to the Heads of State and Government of the member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) for their continuous support at a time when our common organization is going through hardship. He also congratulated the new Executive Secretary and urged him to keep the same momentum while asking the entire personnel of LCBC to provide him with more support with more faith and more dedication.
The new Executive Secretary, Amb. Mamman HUHU took the floor and reiterated his sincere thanks and profound gratitude to the Heads of State and Government of the member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission in general, and to His Excellency MUHAMMADU BUHARI, President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Current Chairman of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the LCBC in particular, for the confidence entrusted in his modest person. He highlighted the onerous nature of the task and the related-challenges while promising to do all his best to meet these challenges with the support and the close cooperation with all the stakeholders of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the member States. The incoming Executive Secretary paid great tribute to the out-going Executive Secretary while commending his competencies, loyalty, commitment and dedication, which enabled to further improve the visibility of LCBC. Furthermore, he committed himself to keeping the same momentum and add more value. The new ES stressed that the quality of work done, order and discipline to attain the set objectives constitute his labor of love.
In his inauguration remarks, the Minister of Environment, Water and Fishery, First Commissioner of the Republic of Chad to LCBC, first of all, commended the professionalism and the wise leadership of the out-going Executive Secretary at the helm of LCBC during the last seven years. He also pointed out already three challenges which should be met by the new ES, namely ensuring the stabilization process of the Lake Chad basin area, the Inter-basin Water Transfer Project from Oubangui to Lake Chad (IBWTP) and the smooth management of LCBC. The Minister of Environment, Water and Fishery, First Commissioner of Chad to LCBC representing the Current Chairman of the Council of Ministers of LCBC, Mr. Sidick Abdelkerim Haggar states “You are expected to meet these three challenges. It is therefore high time for you to get down to business……..” To conclude his remarks, the Minister representing the Chairman of the Council of Ministers assured the new ES of his availability and the strong commitment of LCBC’s member States to supporting him in attaining his objectives.
A group photograph wrapped up the inauguration ceremony.