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Nigeria, others plan against pollution in Gulf of Guinea

Nigeria
The Guardian
01/09/2010

WORRIED by the recent industrial and ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, countries within the Gulf of Guinea have initiated moves to ensure early response to such occurrence in any part of the West and Central Africa. Already, they have agreed to put in place a joint and effective national and regional response system to similar marine pollution within the Gulf area.

The countries that have agreed to the initiative included Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Equatorial Guinea. Others are Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone and Togo. The countries, all within the West and Central Africa sub-region, are also members of the Interim Guinea Current Commission (IGCC) that have been implementing the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) project.

Their agreement to form a common forum to tackle large marine pollution within the Gulf of Guinea was contained in their “Osu declaration”, made available to The Guardian, in Lagos, recently. The document was signed by the respective ministers responsible for environmental protection and their authorised representatives. For effectiveness, the commission has urged member states to enact national legislations to address liabilities, compensations, safety and security related matters for off-shore platforms.

Considering the linkage between fresh water and the coastal marine ecosystems and the need to accelerate agreement for cooperation over Africa’s shared waters, the commission asked members to ratify the United Nation Convention on the law of non-navigational uses of international water course.

It also recommended the sustenance of project activities through reinforced commitment to resolving the challenges arising from identified trans-boundary problems. Besides, they emphasised the need for regional preventive and response measures for major oil spills, like the one in the sister Gulf of Mexico on large marine ecosystem.

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