The Federal Government has commended the Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed Commission over the peaceful implementation of the border demarcation between the two countries.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, said this in Yaounde at the 31th session of the Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed Commission (CNMC).
According to him, the most significant achievement of the mixed commission is ensuring that peace prevails between the border communities of Cameroon and Nigeria.
``The peace and brotherly relations existing between the two countries over the past ten years have led to the return of Nigeria and Cameroon to the discussion table by ensuring restoration of the activities and the operations of the commission,” he said.
He added that the commission had built confidence by ensuring cordial and harmonious relations in an atmosphere of peace while boosting socio-economic activities between the two nations.
Adoke noted that the success of the commission included the provision of essential facilities for the populations affected by the demarcation of the land and maritime borders between the two countries.
He added that the mixed commission had also achieved success in the withdrawal and transfer of authority in the Lake Chad, in 2003 and the exchange of high level visits between the two countries.
Adoke urged the Commission to fast-track the implementation of the modalities for the Trans-border security agreement signed between the countries with emphasis on Joint Border Patrol and a single unified command to provide security along the entire border.
``We believe that this will greatly enhance security along our common border and reduce to the bearest minimum, the security challenges that we have recently experienced along the border,” he said.
The Attorney-General commended the UN Country Teams who have been working together with the Nigerian officials
to address the needs of the affected populations.
``We expect that in the end, these efforts will result in food security, water supply, education, energy, resettlement and the integration of the affected populations,” he said.
Adoke commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, for their commitment to peace between the countries.
In his remarks, the UN Representative, Mr Said Djinnit appreciated the effort made by the delegations of the joint
technical team for successfully assessing the Gotel Mountains, leading to a likely demarcation of 62 km additional land border between both countries.
``Their efforts, therefore, give room for the extension of the distance of land border which the two countries have agreed on, to 1.893km.
``I understand the courage and collective determination their action required, considering two previous attempts at accessing the Gotel mountains proved unfruitful due to the specific danger posed by the steepness of the slopes.
``I am pleased to learn that the distance pending our common agreement represents only 90 km out of an estimated 2100 km border between the two countries,” he said.