Nigeria, Cameroon To Beacon International Boundary, This Year

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The Director General of National Boundary Commission (NBC),
Dr Mohammed Ahmed, has said that Nigeria and Cameroon are taking final steps to
beacon their boundary in 2012.

Ahmed said in an interview in Abuja recently that the
commission had made appreciable progress on the project.

“Our commission is making appreciable progress to ensure
that the two countries will finally beacon their entire boundary by the end of
2012,’’ he said.

Ahmed said a joint field team, comprising UN, Cameroon and
Nigerian surveyors, was working seriously to ensure that speedy and positive
results were achieved within the year.

He said the team was involved in international boundary
field tracing with the aim of ensuring speedy demarcation and provision of
pillars at the boundary.

He said two thirds of the over 1,900km boundary, involving
five states in Nigeria, namely, Borno, Adamawa Taraba and Benue and Cross River
had been accessed.

Ahmed said the two countries were having disagreements on
the issue but that with the intervention of the UN and surveyors, the boundary
problem had been tackled.

He said the countries with the joint field team would hold
the 29th session meeting at Yaoundé between June and July.

“The progress of work recorded on the Nigeria and Cameroon
international boundary by the joint field team will fully be discussed when the
two countries’ mixed commission meets,’’ the NBC boss said.

The director-general said that the mandate of the meeting
would be to wind up the assignment and expressed the hope that by December, the
job would be completed.

Ahmed also said that the commission and its Ghanaian
counterpart were discussing the delimitation of the Nigeria/Ghana maritime
boundary.

He said that the countries had agreed on the chart to use to
delimit the boundary.

“The two countries have earlier worked closely through
exchange of technical data required to delimitate our eight nautical miles
maritime boundary,’’ Ahmed said.

He said in line with international laws, the two countries
had signed the UN Convention and The United Nation Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), of
1982.

Ahmed added that the implication was that Nigeria and Ghana
had accepted to abide by the clauses and the spirit of the convention.

He said that the law served as a channel to encourage the
two countries to have bilateral discussions meant to legally determine their
maritime boundary.