The National Boundary Commission (NBC) has said it is ready to resolve the country’s maritime border issues with Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, and Sao Tome and Principe to develop a better neighbourhood along the maritime border. Dr. Richard Oji, NBC’s director of the internal boundary in the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.
Oji said the commission is working hard on border issues both internally and internationally. “On the maritime border between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, we have worked for years and discovered areas with oil fields. We are trying to resolve issues on disputed areas.
“We have disagreements, but we are trying to find a way to share border resources equally, which will benefit both countries in percentage terms,” Oji said.
On the maritime border of Sao Tome and Principe with Nigeria, Oji said a joint development zone was created on the 60:40 sharing formula so that the two countries could benefit from the resources in the zone.
This led to the establishment of a joint development agency with offices in Abuja to facilitate cooperation in oil exploration and aquamarine resources. ”
It used to have only oil in the agency, but now fishing and aquamarine resources have been added. We are coming together equally to find a way that benefits both countries, ” Oji said.
As for the maritime border with Ghana, Oji explained that having a maritime border between Nigeria and Ghana could come as a surprise to many, making it possible for the UN and the international sea to allow a country to move its border up to 200 nautical miles into the sea.
“So, we did that and Ghana did the same thing. We met 200 miles across the sea, so we have a maritime border with Ghana,” he said, adding that the two countries have made joint efforts on their borders at sea to ensure a harmonious relationship on resources and other maritime issues.
He stressed that the Commission under the chairmanship of its Director-General Mr. Adamu Adaji and with the support of the Presidency would soon record great achievements on these issues.
NAN recalled that Adaji had recently been in Cameroon, the Republic of Niger and the Republic of Benin as part of NBC’s efforts to resolve common border issues with countries.