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President Buhari Lauds ECOWAS’s Adoption of Single Biometric Identity Card

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended member countries of the ECOWAS for adopting single biometric identity card meant to facilitate free movement of persons within the sub-region.

The president gave the commendation at the ongoing 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority and Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, in Abuja on Saturday.

He expressed optimism that the single biometric identity card would also facilitate the establishment of a single currency in the sub-region.

Buhari noted that considerable progress had also been made in the areas of industrial policy, mineral exploitation, agriculture, environment, infrastructure, telecommunications and energy.

“The adoption of a single biometric identity card is also commendable and will facilitate the establishment of a single currency, while engendering Free Movement of Persons.

“Considerable progress has also been made in the areas of industrial policy, mineral exploitation, agriculture, environment, infrastructure, telecommunications and energy.

“We also have in place a coordinated capacity to respond to the threat or outbreak of pandemics through the Regional Centre for Disease Control and Surveillance, which is now domiciled in Nigeria.”

On climate change, the president stressed the need for collective efforts by leaders in the sub-region to confront climate change.

According to him, the negative consequences of Climate Change, including the drying up of water bodies are real in the region.

Another adverse effect of globalisation, which we need to confront collectively, is Climate Change which is affecting our countries in many ways such as desertification, erosion, rise in sea level and flooding.

“This situation is further worsened by the near absence of response and adaptive capacities in our countries.

“For example, Lake Chad, which was once one of Africa’s largest water reservoirs, has over the years shrank to less than 10 per cent  of its original size, drastically affecting livelihoods of millions of people living in the Basin.

“This has resulted in environmental degradation, poverty, underdevelopment and displacement of peoples.

He, therefore, stressed the need for a regional coordination framework that to reduce the impact of Climate Change in the sub-region, saying that authorities in the region must embrace long-term measures to develop low carbon and climate resilient development initiatives.

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