President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday pledged that Nigeria would take “necessary steps” towards the exploitation of the hydro-carbon resources along its border with Cameroon.
President Jonathan gave the indication here while speaking with Mr. Ahmadou Ali, the Cameroonian Vice Premier, who handed a special message to him.
He said, “We shall consider these proposals you have brought, and thereafter call a meeting to discuss relevant issues that will enable Nigeria and Cameroon to start the exploitation of the hydro-carbon resources along our border.”
President President Jonathan expressed appreciation to President Paul Biya of Cameroon for signing the trans-border security agreement and cooperating with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
He called for regional alertness to check the spread of terrorism.
President Jonathan said Nigeria would continue to lead the regional effort against terrorism, adding that the continued cooperation and collaboration among contiguous nations would help check the menace.
Earlier, the Cameroonian Vice Premier had presented his country’s counter-proposals to Nigeria on the exploitation of the hydro-carbon resources along the border, stating that the border demarcation in accordance with the judgment of the International Court of Justice was almost complete.
He expressed President Biya’s deep sympathy to Nigeria for the terrorist attacks in the country, and assured President Jonathan that Cameroon would support all efforts to check the menace.