WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2012
Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has proposed a joint military patrol of the Gulf of Guinea by Nigerian, Equatorial Guinean and Camerounian troops to secure the waterways and guarantee thriving informal trade between the three countries.
Speaking while receiving the letter of accreditation from the Consul General of Equatorial Guinea, Feliciano Asume Akieme, Imoke noted that the patrol will strengthen trade and commercial activities among the countries.According to Imoke,this has become necessary due to the sudden increase in the activities of pirates within the water boundary, which the three countries share. He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to initiate the move in that direction.
The governor said both Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea have enjoyed trading partnership since colonial times and that such relationship should be maintained in the interest of the nationals of both countries. Imoke noted that the Consulates of Cameroun and Equatorial Guinea are domiciled in Cross River State, which is a reflection of the cordial relationship between the state and those countries. He promised to assist and cooperate with the Consul General in the course of performing his duties in the state.
Earlier, Akieme, who spoke through an interpreter, said his home government was interested in solidifying the relationship it has with Nigeria. Akieme assured that he would use his tenure to boost economic relations between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.