Gbajabiamila:House Of Reps Would Work At Domesticating Kampala Convention

By Bukar Bolori

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila said the House would work at domesticating the Kampala Convention, especially as it affects internally displaced persons.

Gbajabiamila, also expressed the readily of the House to collaborate with the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) to ameliorate the sufferings of internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country.

The Speaker made this disclosure when he hosted a team of the ICRC led by the Head of the organisation in Nigeria, Mr. Eloi Fillion, on Friday in Abuja.

The Speaker, who explained domesticating the Kampala Convention on IDPs would go a long way in addressing their plight, said on the collaboration with ICRC that: “We’re more than happy to collaborate with you. I’m glad you’re working with my Special Assistant on IDPs. He has a lot of zeal for the work, so we always look forward to the collaboration such as this.”

On the Kampala Convention, he said Nigeria is a signatory, and if the House domesticates it, then different states have to do the same.

The Speaker said: “We’ll try and see how we can get it domesticated. You can give us the list of some of those treaties that need domestication in Nigeria. We have a committee on treaties, agreements and protocols because we know there are a lot of them. You can send us the list so that we can work on them.”

Fillion had earlier said, the ICRC would want to collaborate with the House in a number of areas to achieve its mandate in Nigeria.

He said ICRC would organise a workshop where all issues relating to its activities and what it seeks to achieve would be accomplished, as it seeks the cooperation of the House to execute that.

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