President Muhammadu Buhari and his Camerounian counterpart, President Paul Biya, have agreed to work towards completion of the demarcation of all land borders between Nigeria and Cameroun before end of this year.
The resolution was contained in a communique issued yesterday at the end of President Buhari’s official visit to Yaounde, capital of Cameroun.
Announcing this in a statement yesterday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said both leaders welcomed the progress made so far in the exercise, which is being undertaken under the prompting of the United Nations. “The two Heads of State took note of the satisfaction expressed by the United Nations Secretary- General in his most recent report on the work of the United Nations Office for West Africa from January to June 2015, regarding progress in the demarcation of the land boundary between Cameroun and Nigeria.
“They agreed to endorse the recommendation of the United Nations Secretary-General on the completion before end of 2015, of the land border demarcation work, in order to concentrate on enhancing cross-border cooperation,” the communiqué read. Both leaders also endorsed the commitments made at the Extraordinary Summit of the Lake Chad Basin and Benin Republic held last month in Abuja.
They also agreed to strengthen security collaboration along their common border under the auspices of the Nigeria- Cameroun Trans-Border Security Committee and within the framework of implementation of the concept of strategic operations approved at the Abuja Summit.
The two leaders also reaffirmed their determination to strengthen cooperation with other neighbouring countries for the rapid elimination of terrorism and other security threats. “The two Presidents thanked the United Nations, the African Union, ECOWAS, the Economic Community of Central African States and other bilateral and multilateral partners for their active solidarity in the war against Boko Haram. “They also reaffirmed their support for the implementation of the Lake Chad Basin Commission’s Five-Year Investment Programme (2013-2017), which seeks to save Lake Chad, restore its ecosystem and promote the socio-economic development of the people living within the basin.-National Mirror