CALABAR— Following the recent protest in Calabar by Bakassi aborigenes over their plight, Cross River State House of Assembly, yesterday, passed a motion urging the National Assembly not to ratify the Green-Tree Agreement that ceded Bakassi to Republic of Cameroon.
This is in order not to foreclose the right of the people to appeal the International Court of Justice, ICJ, judgment.
In a resolution, adopted by the 25-member House following motion on matter of urgent public interest moved by member representing Boki II, Mr Jacob Enya and seconded by Saviour Nyong of Bakassi constituency.
The House called on the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing to determine the issues surrounding the ceding of Bakassi.
It asked the Federal Government to find a lasting political solution to all issues regarding the disputed area.
It also urged the Federal Government to immediately design and implement a realistic compensation welfare package for the displaced people of the area.
According to them, Cross River State and Bakassi Local Government Area should be compensated for the loss of the ceded area.
The House called on Cross River State Government to on behalf of the people of Bakassi, appeal against the ICJ judgment in line with the provision of the United Nations conventions article 63, which provides for appeal to any matter 10 years after judgment.
The House maintained that a proactive measure should be adopted by the state government to arrest any case that may arise sequel to the ceding process.