CONAKRY – Conakry has been hosting the 35th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Niger Basin Authority (ABN) since Thursday, with the aim of discussing the future of this great African river, which stretches over 4,000 km .
This two-day meeting was an opportunity for the representatives of the member countries of the Niger River Basin to review the Niamey Act on navigation and economic co-operation between member states. Adopted in 1963, the Niamey Act was replaced in 1964 by the Niamey Agreement on the River Commission, Navigation and Transport on the River.
According to the Guinean Minister of Energy and Hydraulics, Cheik Talibé Sylla, the main mission of the ABN is “to promote cooperation between states and to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the populations of the Niger basin , Through the sustainable management of water resources and associated ecosystems “.
Similarly, Mr Sylla underlined that the NBA is engaged in a process of sustainable development through the implementation of projects and programs for the benefit of local populations.
The Minister also wished to make clear that the costs of organizing the session, at the expense of Guinea (host country), amounted to more than 600 million Guinean francs, or more than 79,000 US dollars.
The “need to take stock of the benefits that this organization brings to Guinea and ensure the payment” of Guinea’s contribution to this sub-regional organization was recalled on Thursday at the last Council of Ministers, added the The Minister.
Moreover, experts from the subregion denounced the state of degradation of the Niger River, with the silting and deforestation of its banks. A degradation jeopardizing the future of this river which, in the various countries crossed, benefits more than 150 million people, living directly or indirectly from the river.
The Niger River originates in Guinea, in the Faranah region (more than 500 km southeast of Conakry), and crosses several African countries before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria.