Nigeria announced that it has acceded to the Water Convention as an instrument to help strengthen existing trans-boundary commitments under the auspices of the Niger Basin Authority and the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, made the announcement at a high-level side event at the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York.

The minister spoke at the high-level event on “Speeding-up Trans-boundary Water Cooperation: The Value of the Water Convention”.

Nigeria shares at least one trans-boundary water body with each of its neighbouring states.

The Lake Chad Basin is the largest inland drainage area in Africa with eight per cent of the total area of the African continent.

The basin extends through Algeria, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Central Africa Republic, Chad, and Sudan.

In Nigeria, the basin drains about 20 per cent of the country.