As part of the institutional support to the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), the German Cooperation (GIZ) on 20 June 2018, at the headquarters of LCBC – Place de la Grande Armée, N’Djamena, officially handed over a donation of 6 Toyota four-wheel drive vehicles. This donation falls in line with the mission of LCBC, responsible for the harmonious management of the water resources of Lake Chad and other resources of the basin. LCBC is also faced with a three-fold challenge: economic, ecological and security.
Dr. Anja Stache, Coordinator of GIZ Programmes at LCBC, handed over the donation to Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, Executive Secretary of LCBC and Head of Mission of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF), in the presence of the focal points of the member countries and staff of LCBC.
Dr. Anja Stache explained the reasons for this ceremony with emphasis on the long partnership between her country and LCBC before explaining that these four-wheel drive vehicles were granted to enable LCBC to carry out its field activities, which, among other things, aim to improve the living conditions of the populations of the basin and to preserve the resources and ecosystems of the basin.
She did not fail to reiterate her country’s support for this organization which is undergoing structural changes and that has made it possible bring in new staff on board. At the end of her remarks, she officially handed over the keys of the vehicles to the Executive Secretary, Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, who immediately handed them to the Director of Administration and Finance.
On behalf of LCBC member countries and their governments, the Executive Secretary of LCBC expressed gratitude to the Republic of Germany for this important logistical support that will help LCBC in achieving its objectives and activities. He stressed that strengthening the operational and logistical capacities of his organization is a very important element in the process of strengthening its effectiveness and efficiency in the field.
He concluded by expressing his appreciation for the presence of the German Cooperation alongside LCBC in its trying times before urging staff to make good use and maintain the vehicles for the well-being of the people of the basin. The ceremony ended with an inspection of the donated vehicles and a family photo.