In 2007, Ghana discovered oil and gas in commercial quantities at the Cape Three Points and Ivory Coast claimed ownership of a portion of West Cape Three Points.
In 2010, the Ivorian government petitioned the United Nations asking for a completion of the demarcation of its maritime boundary with Ghana and in March of the same year, the Ghanaian authorities responded with the setting up of the Ghana Boundary Commission (GBC) tasked with the responsibility of negotiating with Côte d’Ivoire towards finding a lasting solution to the problem.
This didn’t yield any result and so in 2014, Ghana dragged Cote d’Ivoire to the ITLOS, the judiciary arm of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Law of the Sea, over claims by Ivory Coast that parts of the oil and gas-rich Cape Three Points, off the shores of the Western Region, belonged to it.
Ghana took the landmark decision to head to the Tribunal after it had failed to resolve the matter through diplomatic discussions with its French-speaking neighbour.
Finally, on today, 23rd September 2017, judgement has been given and Ghana has won the case.
This is good news for Ghana and Ghanaians just couldn’t hide their excitement.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter.
Ghana wins the maritime dispute case against Ivory Coast. That oil is ours! Thank God!!!
— Selorm Romeo 🇬🇭 (@selorm_romeo) September 23, 2017
2. Adokwei thinks they should go and protect Mapouka, that’s what’s theirs.
"Ivory Coast" too de3 everything be your own. The only thing that rightly belongs to you is Mapouka 😂
— AfroConsciousSapien (@adokwei_savage) September 23, 2017
3. Misplaced priorities.
Tv3 is showing the ITLOS maritime dispute between Ghana vs Ivory Coast and GTV is busily showing cartoons. Funny!
— Coker 🇬🇭 (@Kojo_Milano) September 23, 2017
4. See we, see wahala.
If Ghana wins this boundary dispute against Ivory Coast, will all the fishes in that side of the sea automatically be Ghanaians by birth?
— S¡naţra ❤✌ (@fest_silva) September 23, 2017