Bakassi People Seek Negotiated Settlement

Ahead of the October 10 expiration of the Green Tree Agreement on Bakassi peninsula, the people of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State have called for negotiation on all issues affecting their interest. Issues that the people want negotiation on include identity, resettlement, compensation for loss of territory, oil exploration, development of Day Spring Island, socio-cultural differences, fishing right, killing of Bakassi natives by Cameroon gendarmes, full scale implementation of the Green Tree Agreement, amongst others.

This call, which formed the fulcrum of the lecture delivered by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Nkoyo Toyo (Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency) on the occasion on the first international symposium on Save Bakassi, is against the background of fear that the sun will set on Bakassi come October 10 . According to her, since the Bakassi people have been torn between a hostile Cameroonian government and an unsympathetic Nigerian system, a tripartite negotiation between Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations remains the answer to the renewed agitations by Bakassi people over their fate. –


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