Nigeria/Cameroon commission urges UN to prepare estimates for demarcation

Bakassi penninsula

Nigeria ceded Bakassi Peninsular to Cameroon in 2002

The Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed Commission has requested the United Nations, UN, to prepare a budget estimate to cover remaining demarcation work on the borders of both countries for the purpose of timely resource mobilisation.

According to a communique issued on Monday in Abuja at the end of the 32nd Session of the commission’s meeting, new contracts for the emplacement of pillars along the boundary were being implemented.

It said the commission expressed confidence that the Project Steering Committee and the UN would manage the work within time and budget as planned.

The statement commended the Joint Technical Team for the successful conclusion of the working session with the cartographic section of the UN. It expressed satisfaction with the schedule of work on the production of the final maps of land and the maritime boundary. It said the commission reviewed all outstanding issues on the field assessment and endorsed the course of the actions to resolve them.

According to the communique, the commission noted the update made by the UN Country Team on the confidence building projects to assist the populations affected by the demarcation process. It, however, welcomed the increasing cooperation between Cameroon and Nigeria at bilateral level.

It said that the 33rd session of the commission would convene in Yaounde on April 17 and 18 while the 34th session was fixed for Abuja on July 19 and 20.

“The mixed commission watched the document-film produced on the implementation of the judgement and encouraged the UN to finalise the film with highlights on ownership of the process by the parties. The film needs to be documented to promote the work of the mixed commission as a model for peaceful resolution of boundary disputes,” the communique said.

The judgment was delivered on October 10, 2002.


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