Chris Steven, Abuja
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Honourable Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun has assured that the National Assembly would give legislative backing to the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) convention on migration mobility.
The purpose of the document that was launched on Monday at the on-going 133rd Assembly of the IPU in Geneva, Switzerland was to provide legislators, government officials, Non-Governmental Agencies (NGO), Civil Society Groups and organisations providing services to rural populations with the understanding they need to get it right on governing, administering and managing migration.
Honourable Lasun who is the leader of the Nigerian delegation at the Assembly revealed that Nigeria has always been alive to its responsibilities concerning migrants and displaced people.
The Deputy Speaker also assured that Nigeria would continue to play leading roles on global issues following the adoption of the African position on refugees by the Assembly on Monday.
He said Nigeria would have no problem domesticating the document and back it with relevant legislative powers.
He said: “If we are going to be factual, Nigeria has always been proactive about these issues and you should recall that the House has just created a standing Committee on refugees.
“Besides, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara is keen on the issue of refugees and displaced people and proative about how delbetate efforts aimed at reconstructing the Northeast should be put in place.
“So, I don’t think this document will be difficult to domesticate”.
The author of the document, Patrick Taran, President Global Migration Policy, also expressed optimism that Nigeria would not lag behind in the implementation of the document
Taran, who has worked prevously on the issue in Nigeria said, “It is becoming crucial to ensure the viability of economies in developed world and increasingly, a key element to development in integrated regions of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“Infact, the book respond to the fact that even for large countries like Nigeria, a country with migrants overseas with an estimated 2 million immigrants, something like 80 or 90 percent coming from other West African Countries to provide essential services, labour, skills that are not necessarily present in Nigeria as a nation.
“I was personally involved last year in conducting a survey in Nigeria looking at the extra domestication and implementation of this convention which has been ratified by Nigeria.
“We found a high degree of domestication of national law but we still found some gaps, some provisions are yet to be put into law which means there are some laws for legislators to do and particularly, importantly, what need to be done now in Nigeria is implementing the National Labour Migration Policy Framework that was adopted last year in November by Federal Executive Council (FEC).
“It provides blueprint with mandates from all of the different concerned Ministries to do what is necessary to effect migration in the country”, he added.
Chris Steven, Abuja