The demarcation of the Bakassi Peninsula and adjacent borders between Nigeria and Cameroon has been reduced from 13 to three, the federal government said on Thursday.
So said the Federation Attorney General, Abubakar Malami (SAN), during the 34th session of the Cameroon-Nigeria Joint Commission, in Abuja, organized by the National Boundary Commission.
He commended the Chairman of the Joint Commission, Mahamat Saleh, for leading the historic achievements of the construction of Lot 6, A, B and C.
According to him, the CNMC, under Saleh’s leadership and guidance, has made rapid progress and achieved significant results in the implementation of its mandate in a short period of time.
The AGF said: “The recently completed pier construction exercise, Lot Six A, B and C, on Atlantical Mountain is a landmark given the difficulty of accessing the area.
“It is also known that under your capable guidance we have jointly resolved the challenges previously related to some of the major areas of disagreement that we have inherited and these disagreements have diminished as the number has been reduced from 13 to just three as of today.
“Mr. Chairman, to your credit we have also improved the frequency of our meetings. We had the 33rd session of the CNMC in November 2021 and here we have the 34th session today, barely a nine-month period.
“This is indeed a great achievement, compared to the approximately seven-year period between the 32nd and 33rd sessions, which was indeed only able to hold up after seven years. Your amiable character, Your Excellency, ability to deal with complex issues and determination to delegate certain goals are greatly applauded by Nigeria, and I believe Cameroon too.
“Accordingly, we must therefore recommend your services to the continent and to our countries.
“I also want to acknowledge and thank our two presidents, and even the Secretary-General of the United Nations, for the encouraging financial support given to the exercises.
“The huge financial commitments to support the military in their work are also recognized and appreciated. These undoubtedly boosted the morale of the security personnel to do their best in carrying out the tough exercise.”
The director general of the National Boundary Commission, Adamu Adaji, said the session was for the commission to put in place pillars that would clearly define the boundaries between the duo countries.
“The exercise is for us to put pillars that will define the boundaries in the whole structure of the 2100 pillars, just as we have defined close to about 2000. The remaining sector, we want to make sure that we also have pillars and this pillar placement program is ongoing. We’ve just finished lot size and we’re moving on to lots seven and eight,” he said.
He said the three remaining areas of disagreement are: “the Sookie room; then there is the matter of one of the pillars known as Anglo-German Pillars; the other is the popular cuja community around Adamawa state. The problems were now the difficulties of the parties to agree on the correct interpretation of the ICJ documents.”
Adaji said: “Rum Suki, the ICJ had ruled that Nigeria’s position was more accepted, but our brothers want a situation where their own positions are also brought to the table for further negotiations and specials.
“We say: no, let’s stick to the ICJ judgment for the time being. In the case of Pillar 8, we have always argued that there was an error in the coordinates of that given point and we asked our colleagues, our Cameroonian brothers, to still reason with us, as we have seen in previous cases where If there are errors in the coordinates given by the ICJ, because the coordinates should lead you to a point, where that point is not where you expect to be, you will see an error.”