Cameroon-Nigeria Borders:Gov’t Assures Steady Development
External Relations Minister explained measures taken by government for the development of the borders during a question and answer plenary at the Senate.
The Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella has detailed government measures in the Cameroon-Nigeria border demarcation and the development agenda of the borderline being carried out by the State. He was responding to a question of Senator Jean Baptiste Bacusda on the rate of work on the boundary demarcation exercise and whether the development of the area is on course during a question and answer plenary sitting at the Senate, chaired by its President, Marcel Niat Njifenji.
Minister Mbella Mbella in his response to Senators indicated that government has embarked on different discussions through the instructions of President of the Republic, Paul Biya, with different neighbours given that boundary demarcation is regulated by different conventions. He said Cameroon-Nigeria boundary demarcation has not been done entirely. This, he explained, is partially attributed to insecurity with Boko Haram attacks as a major stumbling block. Security has however been reinforced especially with the setting up the Lake Chad Basin Commission Multinational Joint Task Force for the fight against Boko Haram.
On the development programme of the 5,000km long border, the Minister of External Relations stressed that development projects are either completed or ongoing. He mentioned amongst others the construction of 60-low cost housing facilities by the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industry for fishermen in Bakassi, the eminent construction of a petrol depot in Isangele, the planned construction of Kumba-Ekondo Titi road under the Three-Year Emergency Plan as well the the Ekondo-Titi-Mundemba-Isangele-Akwa road. The Gambaru-Fotokol-Kousseri road and the construction of border market in Fotokol which started in 2017 are some of the projects in the Far North Region. Yaounde and Abuja, the Minister stated, reinforced trans-border cooperation in 2016 with a series of meetings between both parties.
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