by crossriverwatch admin
The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Efiok Cobham has assured members of the Nigeria/Cameroun Joint Boundary Committee of the cooperation of the Imoke’s administration to enable them carry out their assignment without hitches.
The Deputy Governor, who received a delegation of members of the committee in the EXCO Chambers on behalf of Imoke promised that the state will ensure that all the necessary support that the committee required will be provided so that their work will be done on time and without any bottle necks.
Mr. Cobham was speaking in Calabar during a courtesy call on him by the Joint Nigeria/Cameroun Boundary Committee, led by the Director of International Boundaries, Surveyor Sani Mohammed Isa.
While expressing the confidence that their task of demarcating the maritime boundary between Cameroun and Nigeria should promote peace and harmony, he called on the two parties to obey the green tree agreement in the interest and protect the rights of the natives who have been directly affected by the ICJ judgment.
According to Cobham, “there are pending issues of Human Rights abuses in the relationship between citizens of the two countries, which have to be addressed by two countries”.
He expressed the hope that the relationship between Cameroun and Nigeria would continue to be cordial even after the demarcation.
Earlier the Leader of the delegation, Surveyor Sani Mohammed Isa, clarified that his team comprised of representatives of the United Nations, Cameroon and Nigeria.
He said their task was to go through the downstream sector of the boundary between the two countries, having initially handled that of the upper sector.
Surveyor Isa, commended the hospitality accorded them by the Government and people of the State and assured the Deputy Governor of their willingness to discharge their assignment creditably to promote peace between the two countries.
It will be recalled that the boundary committee were forced to hurried suspend their assignment on Thursday after repeated protests by indigenes of Bakassi at Ikang, the temporary headquarters of Bakassi LGA and at Pyramid Hotel where the committee members were lodged.
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