OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged President Muhammadu to send all signed treaties to the National Assembly for domestication.
This resolution followed a motion moved by the Chairman of House committee on Treaties and Protocols, Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) during plenary on Thursday.
Osai in his motion lamented that “there is no accessible, comprehensive and up-to-date record of a published compendium of treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.”
According to him, “United Nation’s records showed that Nigeria has ratified over 400 treaties, both bilateral and multilateral, on different subject matters, out of which less than 40 can be identified as having been recorded locally by the Federal Ministry of Justice.”
Ossai blamed the situation on lack of synergy between the executive and the lawmakers, alluding to a statement accredited to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
“The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, was reported to have identified a major challenge to domestication of treaties in Nigeria as non-arrangement for early involvement of the National Assembly in the negotiation processes, which adversely affects facilitation, domestication and full protection of the country’s International Agreements,” the ranking lawmaker said.
He however raised the alarm that “the non-involvement of the National Assembly in the negotiation process and the failure to transmit all signed treaties and international instruments to the National Assembly by the Executive Arm of Government have affected the rate of domestication of the treaties and also denied citizens the benefits associated with such-international treaties.”
The House therefore also resolved to call on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to transmit all signed, ratified and domesticated treaties and other international agreements, both bilateral and multilateral to the register of treaties in the Federal Ministry of Justice and to the National Assembly within two weeks.”
It also called on the ministry of justice to transmit the list of all ratified and domesticated treaties and international agreements to the National Assembly within Three (3) weeks for further legislative action.”