By Favour Nnabugwu
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi has assured the House Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreement of the Ministry of Transportation’s support to ensure that all treaties entered into by the Federal government with other countries and International Organizations in the past are upgraded and domesticated to meet the relevant needs of the Ministry.
Amaechi gave the assurance while receiving in audience the Members of House Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreement led by its Chairman, Honourable Yakub Abiodun Balogun in Abuja yesterday.
According to him, “My officials will work with the Committee to identify the status of treaties that needed to be amended or upgraded with a view to making them relevance to the mandates of the Ministry and thanked the Committee for making it necessary to visit the Ministry of Transportation.”
Earlier, the Chairman of House Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements, Hon. Yakubu Abiodun Balogun stated that he was in the Ministry with his team to partner with the Ministry of Transportation to identify the status of Treaties, Protocols and Agreements entered into by the Federal Government on behalf of the Ministry with a view to critically reviewing or upgrading them for domestication and also ensure that the citizens reap the benefits in the Transportation sector.
He added that the responsibility of the National Assembly was to fashion out legislative instruments that would lead to Nigeria’s renaissance as it continued to remain repository of democratic hopes and ambitions of Nigeria noting that conducting a legislative needs assessment remained part of the Legislative Agenda for 8th House of Representatives.
He further explained that the implementation of treaties in any domestic jurisdiction is a matter of priority to which the state attached to such laws. This will also warrant the measures the state takes to ensure compliance and enforceability. He therefore call on the Minister to draw the attention of the legislature to such priority treaties, protocols and agreement for further legislative action.