By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”NIGERIA weekend in the United States of America presented a submission of Data and Information for a request for an extension by the United Nations Commission on the limits of the Continental Shelf in accordance with Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
If the countryâ€™s request is granted by the UN Commission, Nigeria can now operate both economically and militarily beyond the 200 nautical miles up to 350 nautical miles into the sea.
A member of the Nigerian delegation to the United Nations Commission, Mr. Samson Osagie, who is also the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Special Duties, disclosed this to Vanguard yesterday in an interview in Benin .
According to him, â€œthis assignment is historic as well as beneficial to the country, both economically and national security perspectives. I am part of the team by virtue of my position as Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Special Duties, which also oversees boundary matters.â€
â€œThe presentation which was done by the Attorney General of the Federation on behalf of the country received commendation from the United Nations Commission’s Chairman who subsequently referred same to theÂ Â Â Sub-Commission for consideration. It is hoped that once Nigeria â€™s request is granted by the Commission, the country can now operate both economically and militarily beyond the 200 nautical miles up to 350 nautical miles into the seaâ€.
â€œI wish to note that the National Boundary Commission did a wonderful job to comply with the requirements of the Convention before making the presentation. I must also commend our neigbouring countries like Ghana who issued a no objection note verbale for Nigeria, thus making the submission of Nigeria beyond dispute by any of its neigboursâ€.
Mr. Osagie expressed the hope that Nigeria was on the path of taking its rightful position in the comity of states on Maritime Boundary Matters with the submission of the request to the United Nations Commission.