Buhari Supports Moves to Expand Nigeria’s Maritime Boundary

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja approved the continuation of efforts by the National Boundary Commission to achieve a significant expansion of Nigeria’s maritime boundaries.
A statement by the President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said Buhari gave the approval after he was briefed by the Director-General of the commission, Dr. M.B. Ahmad on the status of preparations for a submission by Nigeria to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).
The president also approved the constitution of a presidential committee to oversee the conclusion of work on the submission, which could lead to the expansion of Nigeria’s maritime boundaries from 200 nautical miles to 350 nautical miles, if approved by the  CLCS.
Buhari had also‎ directed the Ministry of Finance to provide the funds required to conduct the  geographical surveys needed for the submission.
According to Article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the continental shelf of a coastal state comprises the sea-bed and the sub-soil of the submarine areas that extend beyond its territorial sea throughout the natural prolongation of its land territory to the outer edge of the continental margin, or to a distance of 200 nautical miles from the baseline from which the breath of the territorial sea is measured, where the outer edge of the continental margin does not extend up to that distance. 
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