Yaounde, Cameroon Africa(Cameroon News) –
Nigeria and Cameroon have completed the draft version of a hydrocarbon and human rights deal pertaining to the borders that they share.
Nigeria and Cameroon have completed a draft agreement that envisages protecting human rights of their people and fostering the exploitation of hydrocarbons that lie on their common border.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan acknowledged at a recent Abuja meeting with Cameroonian Deputy Prime Minister Alhaji Amadou Ali that protection of human rights is of great significance.
President Goodluck Jonathan stated “We (Nigeria) would set up a committee to consider the draft agreement,” .
Amadou Ali who was representing Cameroon President Paul Biya at the meeting promised Jonathan that once the panel completed its work the document would be inked by both leaders. The agreement was finalized at the 23rd Session of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC).
CNMC comprises of officials from Cameroon headed by Amadou Ali and those from Nigeria headed by Prince Bola Ajibola.
Nigeria and Cameroon also finalized on making a combined initiative to look into security issues that are common to both countries.
The draft agreement on security will also bring together the neighbouring countries who have had a lot of conflicts previously such as Niger, Chad and Togo in Nigeria’s battle against militants and cross-border crimes.
The CNMC, which was set up in November, 2002, was directed towards demilitarisation of militarised zones as Cameroon and Nigeria fought for the control of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, as well as to reactivate the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
The commission will now be looking at strategies to manage economic plans and protect human rights on both sides of the Nigeria- Cameroon border.
Since December 2002, the commission, with the help of several donors including the European Union and the African Development Bank, has finalized agreements on various development programmes along the border.