Cameroon Sends Special Envoy to Resolve Chad-Cameroon Dispute

allafrica | Cameroon has sent its special envoy, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, Minister of State, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic, to Chad to resolve the ongoing diplomatic rupture between the two countries over the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline project. The dispute centers around the nationalization of Chad’s oil industry and the involvement of new investors like Savannah Energy.

Background: The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project

The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline project was designed to transport crude oil from landlocked Chad to the coast of Cameroon for export. It has been mired in controversy and disputes since its inception in the 1990s. The project was developed and operated by the Tchad Oil Transportation Company (TOTCO) and the Cameroon Oil Transportation Company (COTCO), which were both jointly owned by the Chadian and Cameroonian governments, as well as several international oil companies, including ExxonMobil and Petronas.

Interview with Chad President Idriss Deby Itno

During his visit to Chad, Ngoh Ngoh had an audience with President Idriss Deby Itno, during which they discussed the nationalization of Chad’s oil industry and the involvement of new investors like Savannah Energy. President Itno emphasized that there was no tension between Cameroon and Chad and that they had addressed certain misunderstandings.

“We are neighbors, and we have always cooperated closely. Certain misunderstandings were addressed, and there is no cloud between Cameroon and Chad,” said President Itno.

The Dispute: Nationalization, Investment, and Politics

The latest episode in the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline saga is a dispute between Chad and Cameroon over the nationalization of Chad’s oil industry and the involvement of new investors like Savannah Energy. In late 2022, ExxonMobil sold its shares in the pipeline project and asked Chad to find new investors. However, amid delays in finding new investors, Chad decided to nationalize its oil industry, including the business left behind by ExxonMobil. This move was seen as a significant departure from the previous government’s policy of attracting foreign investment to the sector.

Savannah Energy, a relatively unknown British company, emerged as a potential investor in the negotiations. However, Chad was angry at Cameroon for apparently siding with Savannah Energy and blocking their access to the oil industry in Doba, Chad. Cameroon’s involvement in the dispute stems from its shares in COTCO, which controls a significant part of the pipeline. Without the agreement between Chad and Cameroon, COTCO would not exist.

The dispute highlights the challenges and complexities of managing large-scale extractive industries in developing countries. The Chad-Cameroon Pipeline project has been lauded as a significant development opportunity for the region, but it has also faced numerous hurdles and criticisms over the years. The recent nationalization of Chad’s oil industry and the involvement of new investors like Savannah Energy only add to the uncertainty surrounding the project’s future.?

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  1. Thank ALLAH, the ANNEXATION DAY(20th May) ceremony is around the corner. This will be another golden opportunity for Ambazonians to prove to LRC that Ambazonia is NOT, has NEVER EVER been and will NEVER EVER be a so-called NOSO of the sh’thole country called LRC. The so-called NATIONAL DAY therefore concerns only LRC.

    • **** THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF SC BY LRC ****

      A. Northern ZONE

      Governor = Francophone
      SDO Mezam = Francophone
      SDO Momo = Francophone
      SDO Bui = Francophone
      SDO Boyo = Francophone
      Head of the military = Francophone
      Head of the police = Francophone
      Head of the Gendarmes = Francophone
      Head of t he treasury = Francophone
      Procureur General = Francophone
      Etc

      B. Southern ZONE

      Governor = Francophone
      SDO Fako = Francophone
      SDO Meme = Francophone
      SDO Manyu = Francophone
      SDO Ndian = Francophone
      Head of the military = Francophone
      Head of the police = Francophone
      Head of the Gendarmes = Francophone
      Head of the treasury = Francophone
      Procureur General = Francophone
      Etc

      CONCLUSION

      The invaders from LRC will sooner than later be kicked out from SC DEAD OR ALIVE

    • Une attaque mortelle attribuée aux séparatistes anglophones entache la célébration de 137è édition de la Journée internationale du travail le 1er mai 2023 dans le Moungo. Les hommes armés ont frappé le poste de contrôle de Matouké en matinée. Quatre personnes ont perdu la vie. « Des séparatistes lourdement armés ont ouvert le feu sur le poste de contrôle de Matouké situé dans l’arrondissement de Bona-Léa, département du Moungo. Un militaire, un gendarme, un policier et un civil ont été tués », a déclaré le maire Ernest Mpocko.

      • Comments from colonial products come with worries of what future lies for a people who base their standards on the root of their misfortunes, forgetting who they are…franco/ Anglo? Smh. Cameroon will not separate but Africa will be free some day.

        • REWIRE,,,,that is the tragedy basing our stnadards on what is a tragedy.the practical realistic solution to this problem is eracing french and english ,then adoping Kiswahili as common language of education,administration,and all public life.to put it simple making it obligatory.then all the different languages will be perfectly documented and used at village or say in the area of the speakers who must master kiswahili to cross cominucate.it will be sensible to use the writing system used in ethiopia today in oder to maintain originality and use a single writing system creating a cultural boundary with the outside world.english will only be an alien language not allowed in public life that must be dominated by kiswahili.

    • ANNEXATION DAY celebration in Ambazonia is BANNED.

      Any person or group of persons violating the ban will be dealt with SEVERELY. Ambazonia military will enforce the ban.
      The latest generation of IEDs have been purchased for use against LRC TERRORISTS. Much blood will flow on the so-caiied UNITYDAY.

      DO NOT SAY THAT YOU WERE NOT WARNED!!!!!!!