Has Empire Plans of Sabotaging Africa`s Development ?
British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development (DIFD) recently visited northern Nigeria as Britain pledges £200 million in aid to help Nigeria fight famine and terrorism.
Boko Haram has once again reasserted itself in Borno Provenince,north east Nigeria.The government of Pres Buhari was up until recently, winning the battle against the militant Islamic movement.
This Islamic terrorist threat in Africa leads to the question; are we about to witness the empire of chaos yet again at work in the world on the pretext of fighting terrorism?
Will empire find moderate Boko Haram terrorists to work with in their fight against Daesh ideology, as they did in Syria?
What could be the cause of Boko Haram`s terrorist threat and could its presence be used as a ruse for more humanitarian intervention by Nato states of Britain, France and the USA?
Borno province is situated on Nigeria`s border with Chad.This region of the Sahel is the epicentre of one of the most revolutionary engineering projects that has ever been dreamt of for the continent. It is the proposed starting point for the Transaqua Project.
Originally this was the inspiration of an Italian engineering firm Bonifica in the 1970s led by Dr. Marcello Vichi. The proposal was to solve the Sahel crisis which is exascerbated by the continual shrinkage of the vast but shallow Lake Chad. The proposal became an engineering solution that would enable the transformation of not just the lake`s immediate region but the transformation of the economies and livelihoods of people in war torn central Africa. Transaqua has the potential to become the continent`s largest infrastructure project that can produce electricity and transform agriculture for the Great Lakes region and beyond. Most essentially it can create jobs and development and offer an industrial future for millions of Africans and thereby eliminate war and poverty endemic in much of the continent.
“Over 35 years ago, Engineer Dr. Marcello Vichi designed a farsighted, breathtaking proposal to bring water to the arid Sahel; he called it Transaqua. His proposal was to divert 5-8% of the waters from the tributaries to the Congo River, which are presently unused, through a navigable canal reaching the Chari River that empties into Lake Chad. According to his calculations, this inter-basin water transfer project would increase the depth and area of the lake to its proximate 1963 level. As importantly, the canal would also function as an essential feature of an economic corridor between the Congo River Basin and Lake Chad Basin that would include generation of hydroelectric power, an increase in irrigated farmland, and expanded trade. Thus, the full potential of this great water-transfer infrastructure project would affect a significant portion of the entire continent when realized.”
President Buhari has given his blessing to the project and the Lake Chad Basin Commission is finally making headway in their long struggle for its implementation.
In November 2014 the first meeting was held of the International Scientific Committee which was established to advise the Lake Chad Basin Commission,and was conducted at its headquarters in Chad`s capital city of N`Djamena. The Lake Chad Basin Commission was originally formed in 1964 by Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad with later members being the Central African Republic (1996) and Libya ( 2008).
For more than 30 years the IMF and World bank have refused to consider the project on the grounds of environmental impact.
The 40 million lives that this project will positevly impact are less important to such a mentality in a landscape already depleted by war, poverty and desertification and now there is the hideous spectre of yet another catastrophic famine threatening east Africa.
In December 2016 China offered to begin implementation of the project.ChinaPower is studying the proposal and has signed an agreement with the Nigerian government and the Lake Chad Commission (LCBC) to conduct a feasability study for a part of the project.
“It is well understood that poverty, lack of food, high unemployment, and lack of meaningful economic activity are drivers for conflict, yet for over three and half decades the international community has never bothered to make the smallest expenditure for feasibility studies to examine the potential of Transaqua. The international community willingly spent billions of dollars on military counter-terror measures, billions more on humanitarian aid, while millions of lives were lost in unnecessary bloody conflicts, but refused to even consider a revolutionary new concept to develop the nations of the Sahel and Great Lakes.”
The British government`s track record in Africa has been more a case of conservation, conservation of poverty and war.