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Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by FreeStuffsNG: 4:45pm On May 15
President Bola Tinubu has received the report of the High Powered Presidential Committee on Nigeria’s Extended Continental Shelf Project which aims to extend Nigeria’s maritime boundaries by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982.

This came with a commendation from the Preside to the team of experts whom he praised for working hard over the years to advance the project.

Tinubu expressed his appreciation on Tuesday in Abuja after listening to technical presentations by Professor Larry Awosika, a marine scientist and member of the Committee, and Aliyu Omar, Secretary of the HPPC.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed this in a statement he signed on Tuesday titled ‘Extended continental shelf: Nigeria gains additional territory as President Tinubi receives the report from the committee.’

The experts have been involved in the project since Nigeria’s initial submission to extend its continental shelf to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in 2009.

They informed Tinubu that the UN has approved Nigeria’s submission, granting sovereignty over additional square kilometres of maritime territory.

”When the HPPC briefed former President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022 on the status of the project, the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf was still considering Nigeria’s submission and having technical interactions with the HPPC.

”These interactions and consideration have now culminated in the approval for Nigeria to extend its continental shelf beyond 200M (200 nautical miles).

”As it stands now, the area approved for Nigeria is about 16,300 square kilometres, which is about five times the size of Lagos State,’’ Omar told the President.


He added that the official notification of the decision was conveyed to Nigeria by the UN Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in August 2023, shortly after President Tinubu assumed office.

Omar outlined the available options for Nigeria following the approval:

”The first option is to take the area gained and finalise the registration with the UN Secretary-General and close everything, meaning that we are satisfied with what we got. This will take at least one year.

”The second option is to take what we have right now, acquire more data, do a support write-up, and make a revised submission as recommended by CLCS for further consideration. This will take another four years.
”Either way (options), Nigeria will keep what has been approved.’’


In his presentation, Prof. Awosika explained that the approval came after years of meticulous scientific research on geophysics, geology, geography, and diplomatic efforts, which solidified Nigeria’s legal rights over a vast expanse of seabed and subsoil beyond its traditional territorial waters.

He highlighted the economic potential of the newly acquired territory, which includes hydrocarbons, gas, solid minerals, and a wide variety of sedentary species.

However, the marine scientist cautioned against total disclosure of sensitive data acquired during surveys, noting that this will jeopardize confidentiality as Nigeria is expected to monetise the information to recover project expenses.

Responding, the President thanked the experts for their diligence, emphasising the significance of the achievement for Nigeria’s economic and strategic interests.

‘‘This is big congratulations for Nigeria,’’ he said while recounting how former President Buhari had briefed him on the importance of the project.

”At COP28 in Dubai, I also exchanged views with President Lula of Brazil on the need for collaboration within our economic and maritime boundaries.

”Today, it is a great honour for me to receive this report. I have listened attentively to this very specialised report, and I know it took a whole lot of effort to get to this stage.

”I commend the team, and we must take advantage of this and invite you again to have a repeat of this knowledge exploration on geography, hydrography, and marine life,” he added.


According to him, Nigeria is grateful for the efforts invested into gaining additional territory for the country without going to war.

“Some nations went to war, lost people and economic opportunities.

”We lost nothing but have gained great benefits for Nigeria. We will pursue the best option for the country,” the President said.

Chairman of the HPPC, Hassan Tukur, Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, also attended the meeting.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by FreeStuffsNG: 4:45pm On May 15
However, the marine scientist cautioned against total disclosure of sensitive data acquired during surveys, noting that this will jeopardize confidentiality as Nigeria is expected to monetise the information to recover project expenses.
Wisdom is profitable wink

‘‘This is big congratulations for Nigeria,’’ he said while recounting how former President Buhari had briefed him on the importance of the project.

This is how great nations are built on continuity. Apart from having a smooth successful handover note to his successor, President Buhari still personally informed his incoming successor, current President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of such a sensitive and strategic project in the pipeline for follow up and today, we are celebrating a great milestone.

May God bless Nigeria for ever! Check my signature for free stuffs!

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by immortalcrown(m): 4:53pm On May 15
May it be used in the interest of the masses.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Nbotee(m): 5:21pm On May 15
Mamm
Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Adblg0610: 6:19pm On May 15
immortalcrown:
May it be used in the interest of the masses.
Amen. Congratulations to Nigeria. I think that we should go beyond clinking of glasses, we should complete the necessary documentations and take physical possession of the gained territory, by making the territory a hub of economic activities while we explored the possibility of adjusting our request for more continental shelf to extend our maritime boundaries and make up for the lost territory of the Bakassi Peninsula.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by DataCrab: 6:30pm On May 15
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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by jyz200(m): 6:31pm On May 15
renewed hope

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by xile: 6:31pm On May 15
Now we will have excess water grin

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by bro4u: 6:31pm On May 15
Meaning we've also granted citizenship to foreign marine spirits too

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Gbadugbakun(m): 6:31pm On May 15
undecided

Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Godfullsam(m): 6:34pm On May 15
Congrats to Nigeria.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by LordIsaac(m): 6:36pm On May 15
Better fishing expeditions loading 😁

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Ttipsy(f): 6:37pm On May 15
Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by lastmessenger: 6:40pm On May 15
How will this bring down the cost of good and services in the market?

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Pecoleee345: 6:41pm On May 15
bro4u:
Meaning we've also granted citizenship to foreign marine spirits too


Hmmm.....more mammi water to destroy men.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Bluntemperor: 6:41pm On May 15
Adblg0610:
Amen. Congratulations to Nigeria. I think that we should go beyond clinking of glasses, we should complete the necessary documentations and take physical possession of the gained territory, by making the territory a hub of economic activities while we explored the possibility of adjusting our request for more continental shelf to extend our maritime boundaries and make up for the lost territory of the Bakassi Peninsula.

Congratulations to Nigerians!
We must collect Bakassi- Peninsula back,for it was a great Error on the OBJ side - to claim that he ceded the place without an Act of Parliament Or
For Nigerian People to Cast a Vote on the issue of Bakassi!

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by TOPCRUISE(m): 6:46pm On May 15
Nigeria's gain also means more land acquisition for Tinubu.
Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by stuffs2002: 6:56pm On May 15
OBIDIENTS left the group

They hate any good news about Nigeria but God continue to put them to shame

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by bassdow: 6:59pm On May 15
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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by bassdow: 7:00pm On May 15
Me don't understand this NEWs.
Does it mean Nigeria increased her landMass by acquiring more lands / territory or what exactly ?

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by PHAYOL81: 7:12pm On May 15
That's a big win. After this comes exploration, let's see what we can find.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by viodemus: 7:13pm On May 15
To increase their land from igbo side too dey sweet some people.


This news is a useless news.
Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by Ppogbae: 7:22pm On May 15
Does this benefit offshore drilling?
Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by EtinosaDLaw(m): 7:33pm On May 15
Ppogbae:
Does this benefit offshore drilling?
Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by EtinosaDLaw(m): 7:33pm On May 15
viodemus:
To increase their land from igbo side too dey sweet some people.


This news is a useless news.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by EtinosaDLaw(m): 7:33pm On May 15
PHAYOL81:
That's a big win. After this comes exploration, let's see what we can find.

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by RingRoadMafia: 7:35pm On May 15
stuffs2002:
OBIDIENTS left the group

They hate any good news about Nigeria but God continue to put them to shame
stale

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Re: Nigeria Gains Marine Territory Five Times Lagos Size by RingRoadMafia: 7:35pm On May 15
God bless lagos state
God bless Nigeria

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