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Humanitarian Crisis : Reps To Domesticate International Treaties

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By Oduyemi Odumade

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Dr. Abbas Tajudeen, says the 10th House will ensure the domestication of critical international treaties, protocols and agreements signed by Nigeria, towards addressing the humanitarian crisis in the country.

He expressed his readiness to reach out to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and the Ministry of Justice to ensure domestication of international conventions that would aid humanitarian activities in Nigeria.

Dr. Abbas made this known when a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, in Nigeria led by Yann Bonzon visited him in Abuja

Others on the entourage were the Head of Prevention, Rafiullah Qureshi; Operational Legal Coordinator, Anne Lardy; and the Legal Adviser, Tongret Gowon.

The Speaker commended the ICRC for its interventions in the humanitarian crises across Nigeria especially in the North-East and the North-West.

Dr. Abbas noted that the House has a standing committee on treaties, protocols and agreements, which oversees Nigeria’s bilateral and multilateral relationships.

“It is only in the House that we have a Committee on Internally Displaced Persons,” he also noted.

The Speaker urged the Red Cross to work hand-in-hand with the House for a better understanding of interventions and allocation of resources to critical aspects of humanitarian crisis in Nigeria.

Earlier, Bonzon who led the ICRC delegation, presented an engagement plan to the Speaker, while announcing that the Red Cross was planning a workshop with stakeholders to share ideas on different topics, especially on internally displacement and managing humanitarian crisis.

He noted that the ICRC has been working with the House of Reps and the National Assembly by extension for decades.

The Red Cross boss congratulated the Speaker for the successful unveiling of the House’ Legislative Agenda, noting that some issues in the policy document are of interest to the ICRC.

Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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