National Assembly: Four Bills Adopted in Plenary
House Speaker, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril chaired the plenary sitting on December 4, 2017.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril will in the coming hours forward to the Senate for second reading, four other bills adopted by the House during the ongoing November ordinary session of the 2017 legislative year.
This will come to add to the Settlement bill of the Republic of Cameroon that had already been adopted and forwarded.
Back to Monday, December 4, 2017 plenary sitting in which the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Grégoire Owona represented the Vice Prime Minister, Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Relations with the Assemblies, Amadou Ali, all the four bills adopted concerned ratifications.
Members of the leading opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) Group that have been notorious in the their determination to halt debates in the House for this November 2017 session until the crisis rocking the North West and South West Regions is discussed in the House, boycotted Monday’s plenary sitting.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo was the first member of government to go to the rostrum. He defended the bill to authorise the President of the Republic to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty adopted on 2 April 2013 in New York and entered into force on 24 December 2014.
Transport Minister, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o on his part, defended the bill to authorise the President of the Republic to ratify the Air Services Agreement between the Republic of Cameroon and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed in Riyadh on 7 March 2017.
It seeks to facilitate the movement of people and contribute in bringing both countries closer.
The last two bills were adopted without any debate. One of them is to authorise the President of the Republic to ratify the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan-African Parliament, adopted in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) on 27 June 2014.
The Cameroonian-born President of the Pan African Parliament, Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, used the occasion to explain the functioning of the Parliament and the importance of the protocol.
On behalf of the Pan African Parliament, he expressed compassion to Cameroon’s National Assembly on the occasion of the fire outbreak that consumed part of the building. He said 275 Pan African parliamentarians had sent their compassion messages.
The bill to authorise the President of the Republic to ratify the United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investors-State Arbitration, (Mauritius Convention) adopted on 10 December 2014 in New York was adopted without any question nor debate.