OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has urged the Cuban Government to expedite action on the implementation of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and Cuba as a way of strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

In like manner, the speaker has also assured that the national assembly will work speedily to domesticate outstanding bilateral agreements Nigeria entered into with other countries.

A press statement issued by Dogara’s spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, said the speaker said these when he received‎ the Ambassador of Cuba to Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Sosa, in his office on Wednesday.

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“One other thing that will help us in moving forward our relationship with Cuba, obviously, ‎in terms of cultural exchange visits is the bilateral air services agreement, known as BASA,” Dogara told his guest.

According to him, BASA is one “agreement that we need to talk to our various agencies that are responsible to ensure that it is quickly concluded.”

The speaker noted that Nigeria will also ensure domestication of foreign treaties.

He recalled  a motion during plenary on Wednesday which asked the Attorney General of the Federation to urgently gazette and forward all bilateral agreements, treaties a‎nd agreements and international Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) the country has entered into with friendly nations and forward same to the presidency for onward transmission to the National Assembly.

He said: ‎”Some treaties and agreements that we have have not been enforced, the reason being that some of them are not domesticated. I remember that even on the floor of the House today, there was a motion urging the attorney of the federation to, as a matter of urgency, ensure that all agreements, treaties, bilateral agreements and international MOUs are quickly gazetted and forwarded to Mr President so that he can transmit them to the House.”

‎Dogara, while thanking Cuba for scholarships offered to Nigerians to study in the country, also urged the country to consider more collaboration in sports, medicine and investment in Nigeria’s solid mineral, gas, and agricultural sectors.

Earlier, Ambassador Sosa called for more strengthened links between Cuba and Nigeria, noting that there are many areas that Nigeria and Cuba can collaborate to improve the lives of their citizens.

While urging the speaker to expedite action on pending bilateral agreements between the two countries, he also informed the speaker that his country seeks ‎closer ties with Nigeria, especially in the areas of parliamentary friendship and the economy.



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