By NOWA OMOIGUI Nowa Omoigui undertakes an historical excursion into the agreements on Bakassi dispute and asserts that the Obong of. Bakassi Peninsula: Cameroon: Consolidation and challenge: with Nigeria over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula came to a head in late and early Bakassi Peninsula. Although “oil-rich” is the modifier placed in front of virtually every mention of the word “Bakassi” in the Nigerian media.

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Cameroon took full control of the Bakassi peninsula from Nigeria three years ago as a result of a U. The transfer ended decades of dispute, but residents say they still feel conflicted. Many still feel Nigerian.

The Nigerian national anthem bakasi sung at a meeting of Nigerian businessmen in Kombo Abedimo serves as a fitting illustration of the identity crisis still affecting the Bakassi peninsula. Nigeria officially handed Bakassi over to Cameroon in About 30 percent of residents have since taken Cameroonian nationality, according to the government.


But even they say they still feel Nigerian. I am a Nigerian.

Economic ties to Nigeria, too, remain strong. Obi Emmanuel runs an engine boat between Calabar and Bakassi, regularly shuttling gasoline to the peninsula.

This has been his business for penimsula past 25 years. The transition Bakassi started out as part of Cameroon but it attracted so many Nigerians that Nigeria placed it under the administration of Cross River State.

Who Owns Bakassi – Cameroon or Nigeria?

Tensions rose, and in the early s, Cameroon troops tried to take it back leading to bloody confrontations with Nigerian soldiers. Cameroon took the matter to the International Court of Justice which ruled in its favor in When it ended, Cameroon created a Bakassi development fund to improve living conditions. When they are there, they will keep safe those structures. We also need to try to ameliorate the conditions of the bakassi because some of them feel that they are being punished by going there.

I must also say that it is a risky zone so something has to be done to improve their working conditions especially putting up electricity and water because that is essential for their stay,” Bakata says.


In spite of the investments, schools in Bakassi look deserted.

Cameroon Takes Control of Bakassi Peninsula –

Agbor Innocent teaches at the government school Kombo Abedim. They don’t stay in Cameroon. When there is fish, the children come. When there is no fish, they go away and they go with the children,” Innocent says. Home United States Peninsupa.

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