Senate expresses concern over low ratification of treaties

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has expressed displeasure over the low ratification of treaties entered into by Nigeria.

This was contained in a motion presented by the Deputy Senate leader, Sen. Bala Na’allah who noted that out of over 250 United Nations Treaties, Conventions, Charters and Protocols directly involving Nigeria, more than 50 remain unratified.

Additionally, there is no comprehensive and accurate data on exact number of treaties entered into by the country since independence.

Senator Na’allah also observed that “several treaties have been trespassed by various MDAs without having the instrument of full powers required by the Treaty Making procedure Act 2004.

“MDAs have also refused to comply with the decision of the Federal Executive Council to forward all treaties to the Federal Ministry of Justice for deposition.”

He posited further that only 11 treaties out of 1000 were enacted into law in the 5th assembly, 61 out of 691 in the 7th assembly and now, only 3 executive bills have been presented concerning the ratification of treaties in the 8th Senate.

According to him, Nigeria will continue to have a bad reputation in the international community if this is not curtailed.

As a result, the red chamber directed the Ministry of Justice to produce a comprehensive record of all the treaties that were entered into by Nigeria and submit the required treaties to the National Assembly.

The joint ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs are to start creating a comprehensive database on the status and management of treaties in Nigeria.

The upper legislative chamber also directed its committees on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and Foreign affairs to liaise with the relevant ministries affected by the resolution to facilitate collation of the document and report back within four weeks.

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