Lawmakers to conduct hearing on national arbitration policy

Peter Bahago, Abuja

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Chairman, House Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements, Dr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai

Nigeria’s House of Representatives says it will conduct a public hearing in order to develop a National Policy on Arbitration as part of effort to protect Nigeria’s Bilateral and Multi-lateral Investment Treaties.

Chairman, House Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements, Dr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai disclosed this at the Commissioning of the National Depository of Treatise in the Ministry of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria.

“In the coming weeks, we will organise Public Hearing to review existing treaties and ascertain status of their implementation and discuss ways to ensure that our treaties making procedures are harmonised and in compliance with relevant laws” he said.

Dr. Ossai also said that the committee has commenced the process of reviewing all Treaties, Protocols and Agreements entered into by the Nigerian government.

The lawmaker added that the committee identified four critical goals including working with the Ministry of Justice to achieve a functional National Depository Treaties, maintain a comprehensive update of Registered Treaties and others.

According to the Committee Chairman, “my committee will ensure that all Treaties, Agreements and Protocols entered into by the Nigerian government requiring  lawmaking or ratification are sent to the National Assembly for appropriate legislative action”

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