By Alex Okoro
OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has asked the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to gazette all international treaties Nigeria entered into and transmit same to President Muhammadu Buhari for onward transmission to the National Assembly.
The House made the call on Wednesday following a motion by Mr. Yakub Balogun (APC, Lagos) which called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies to forward all existing treaties yet to be domesticated to the House for necessary attention.
Leading debate on the motion, Balogun noted that such treaties cannot have the force of law unless they are laid before the National Assembly for domestication.
He said since this was happen with regards to some treaties, the country has not been able to harness the benefits of such international agreements.
Speaking in favour of the motion, Nnenna Ukeje (PDP-Abia State) said the Ministry of Justice ought to be aware of such domestication and as such should be made to forward “all treaties Nigeria entered into.”
Gabriel Onyewife (APGA, nambra State) in his contribution said “no matter how good the treaties are once it does not meet the legislature of the country it can not be fully accepted”.
The lawmakers therefore called for compliance with Section 12(1) of the constitution which stipulates that all treaties must be in domesticated by the National Assembly.