Both Nigeria and Cameroon are at the final stage of erecting beacons to properly demarcate their borders this year.
The Director General (DG), National Boundary Commission (NBC), Mohammed Ahmed, who spoke in Nigeria’s capital Abuja this Sunday, said that his commission had already 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.
He revealed that a joint field team, comprising the United Nations, 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.
Ahmed noted that 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.
He 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 added that the joint field team would hold its 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 DG 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”.