Nigeria’s candidate, Prof. Lawrence Folajimi Awosika, has been re-elected as Chairman of the United Nation’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).
Awosika polled 154 out of 157 votes to emerge Chairman of the prestigious 21-person UN scientific body.
CLCS is the UN body that decides what portions of the seabed can be exclusively mined for natural resources such as oil, precious metals and minerals.
Awosika was first elected into the commission in 1997, he was elected for another five-year tenure in 2012 to 2017 as Chairman and with his re-election, would be on the commission as chairman for the 2017 to 2022 term.
Awosika’s resounding victory to lead the commission for at least two and half years is seen as a feather for Nigeria and Africa.