Buhari’s Visit; Two Roads to Link Cameroon and Nigeria

Presidents Biyas and Buhari at Unity Palace

Presidents Biyas and Buhari at Unity Palace

One of the major outcome of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vist to Yaoundé on 29 and 30 July 2015,  is a pledge for the speedy completion of the Bamenda-Enugu road within the shortest time possible and the construction of the Gamburu-Ngala-Kousseri road to link both countries in the North

Launched on June 21, 2010, the Bamenda –Enugu road, part of the Trans-African Highway is still to be completed.  Meeting in Yaoundé on Wednesday both men called for the completion of the “corridor” within the shortest time possible, a join communiqué signed on July 30, reads. The same communiqué also  reads “Muhammadu Buhari and Paul Biya have also decided to accelerate the feasibility studies for the construction of a bridge over the Mayo Tiel, on one hand, and Gamburu-Ngala-Kousseri road, on the other”

The two heads of state agreed to hold in Abuja, Nigeria, by October 2015, the first session of the consular Committee on Cameroon-Nigeria Immigration, to conduct the review of the Memorandum of Understanding on the free movement of people and goods, signed in 1963.

Also, they decided to strengthen the excellent economic and trade relations between Cameroon and Nigeria, by promoting investment on both countries by convening a business forum between Cameroon and Nigeria, in Abuja on a date to be agreed by mutual agreement.

The Cameroonian and Nigerian presidents also welcomed the agreement on cross border cooperation in hydrocarbon already signed and agreed to accelerate the signing process for its full implementation.

Concerning the Bakassi Peninsula, the two presidents noted the satisfaction expressed by the Secretary General of the UN, in its latest report on the activities of the UN Office for West Africa from January to June 2015, on the progress of the demarcation of the land boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria.

They agreed to give favorable consideration to the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General on the finalization by the end of 2015, the land demarcation work.
Muhammadu Buhari has invited his counterpart Paul Biya, to paid a friendly and working visit to Nigeria. This invitation was accepted and the date will be fixed later through diplomatic channels.

Compiled by Abongwa Fozo