Samoa Agreement: Reps didn’t ask FG to droop implementation, says spokesman

The House of Representatives has dismissed experiences that it referred to as on the Federal Government to droop the implementation of the Samoa Partnership Agreement.

The clarification was made on Wednesday by the House spokesman, Akin Rotimi.

Rotimi, who represents Ikole/Oye Federal Constituency, Ekiti State, mentioned that opposite to media experiences, lawmakers resolved to research controversial clauses within the settlement to make sure that they don’t violate the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The All Progressives Congress lawmaker famous that the House urged the federal government to have interaction in widespread consultations and stakeholder engagement regarding the settlement.

He mentioned, “During the talk, issues have been raised concerning alleged clauses purportedly mandating assist for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender neighborhood as a prerequisite for monetary and different support from developed nations.

“Additionally, apprehensions have been expressed about a number of particular articles throughout the settlement, together with Articles 2.5, 29.5, 36.2, and 88, which some lawmakers consider might not align with Nigeria’s nationwide pursuits and values, particularly within the absence of a reservation clause.

“Rep Aliyu Sani Madaki had argued that Article 97 of the settlement, which asserts the supremacy of the settlement over any conflicting treaties involving European Union member states or the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States, doubtlessly infringes upon Nigeria’s sovereignty.

“In response, House Leader, Julius Ihonvbere (APC, Edo) clarified that the settlement, as formally introduced, doesn’t embrace provisions associated to a $150bn fund or any clauses selling LGBT rights in Nigeria, opposite to public hypothesis.

“Emphasising the importance of parliamentary oversight, House Minority Leader, Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) underscored the need for transparency in treaty negotiations, citing Section 12 of the Nigerian Constitution (1999, as amended), which mandates parliamentary involvement in such matters.”

He insisted that the House didn’t name for the suspension of the settlement’s implementation.

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He added, “It is essential to make clear that the House of Representatives didn’t resolve to name for the suspension of the settlement nor the suspension of its implementation, as has been erroneously reported by some media homes.

“Instead, the House resolved to completely scrutinise the Samoa Partnership Agreement for all contentious clauses via legislative hearings.

“Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements; Justice; and National Planning and Economic Development to have interaction with related stakeholders to handle any ambiguities within the settlement. The committees are anticipated to report again to parliament inside 4 weeks.

“In reaffirming its commitment to shaping Nigeria’s foreign policy in line with national interests, the House emphasises its Legislative Agenda 7 (Influencing and Directing Nigeria’s Foreign Policy) to harmonise constitutional requirements with the Treaty Ratification Act for consistency and transparency.”

The Samoa Agreement, signed on November 15, 2023, establishes a brand new authorized framework for the European Union’s relations with 79 African, Caribbean, and Pacific international locations, together with 48 African, 16 Caribbean, and 15 Pacific nations.

A latest report in a nationwide day by day (not The PUNCH) alleged that the Samoa Agreement features a clause that may legalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer relationships in Nigeria, alleging that the federal government accepted this situation in alternate for a $150bn mortgage.

However, the declare was denied by Minister of Information Mohammed Idris, and Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu, throughout a press convention in Abuja on Saturday.

Idris vowed to take authorized motion in opposition to the newspaper, threatening to file a lawsuit and likewise lodge a criticism with the Ombudsman.




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