The United Nations has granted Nigeria’s request for an extension of her continental shelf from 200 to 220 Nautical Miles
The consent coincides with the establishment of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu
This extension is anticipated to provide a significant boost to the Nigerian maritime sector.
Adnan Rashid Nasser Al-Azri, Chairman of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), disclosed the approval, enabling Nigeria to redraw its territorial map in the Gulf of Guinea.This grants the country the right to explore the abundant carbon and marine resources believed to exist in the region.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh Director General of the NIMASA, according to a press statement issued by the Assistant Director public relations of the agency Osagie Edward, expressed appreciation for the UN’s decision to extend Nigeria’s maritime territory beyond the standard 200 nautical miles.
Jamoh emphasized the potential economic benefits, highlighting that it is the first time the UN has approved additional maritime territory for Nigeria.
He views this as a substantial boost to the nation’s economic fortunes, commending the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and congratulating Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola
As defined by the UN, the Continental Shelf of a coastal State includes the seabed and subsoil of submarine areas extending beyond its territorial sea.
This extension marks a crucial milestone in Nigeria’s maritime capabilities,