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Nigeria’s MoU with Samoa in national interest, says Minister

Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation

*Mohammed Idris, for Information and National Orientation, says the recent Samoa Agreement is ‘a vital legal framework for cooperation’ between the OACPS and the European Union to promote sustainable development, fight climate change, and foster collaboration among member states

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Government has said the recent Samoa Agreement is a vital legal framework for cooperation between the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union (EU) to promote sustainable development, fight climate change and its effects.

ConsumerConnect reports Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation, who stated this Thursday, July 4, 2024, said the Samoa agreement is also meant to generate investment opportunities, and foster collaboration among OACPS Member States at the international stage.

The Minister noted that Nigeria, June 28 this year, signed the Samoa Agreement at the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.

He explained the partnership agreement is between the EU and its Member States, on the one hand, and the members of the OACPS on the other hand.

Idris also stated the negotiations on the agreement started 2018, on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, in New York.

According to him, it was signed in Apia, Samoa 15th November, 2018, by all 27 EU Member states and 47 of the 79 OACPS Member states.

The Minister also said: “The agreement has 103 articles comprising a common foundational compact and three regional protocols, namely: Africa –EU; Caribbean-EU, and Pacific-EU Regional Protocols with each regional protocol addressing the peculiar issues of the regions.

“The African Regional Protocol consists of two parts: The first is the Framework for Cooperation, while the second deals with Areas of Cooperation, containing Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth and Development; Human and Social Development; Environment, Natural Resources Management, and Climate Change; Peace and Security; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance; and Migration and Mobility. ”

He noted: “Nigeria signed the Agreement on Friday 28 June 2024. This was done after the extensive reviews and consultations by the Interministerial Committee, convened by the Federal Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning (FMBEP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ).”

On the significance of the effort, the Minister said it was ensured that none of the 103 Articles and Provisions of the Agreement contravenes the 1999 Constitution as amended or laws of Nigeria, and other extant Laws.

Besides, Nigeria’s endorsement was accompanied by a Statement of Declaration, dated 26th June, 2024, clarifying its understanding and context of the Agreement within its jurisdiction to the effect that any provision that is inconsistent with the laws of Nigeria shall be invalid, Idris stated.

He further noted: “It is instructive to note that there is an existing legislation against same sex relationship in Nigeria enacted in 2014.

“It is necessary to assure Nigerians that the President Bola Tinubu Administration, being a rule-based government will not enter into any international agreement that will be detrimental to the interest of the country and its citizens.”

The Minister asserted: “In negotiating the Agreement, our officials strictly followed the mandates exchanged in 2018 between the EU and the OACPS for the process.

“The Samoa Agreement is nothing but a vital legal framework for cooperation between the OACPS and the European Union, to promote sustainable development, fight climate change and its effects, generate investment opportunities, and foster collaboration among OACPS Member States at the international stage.”

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