Nigerians In Diaspora Our Best Assets -Senate Committee

 Sen. (Dr) Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora and NGO’s on Thursday described the Nigerians in the Diaspora as the greatest assets of the country with their contributions to the nation’s development.

Oloriegbe, who led other committee members on inaugural oversight functions to the headquarters of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission  

(NIDCOM), Abuja said the Nigerians abroad are diverse in their respective contributions to country’s development.

The Senate Committee was received by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO  of NIDCOM and her Management team.

He said that the Nigerians in the Diaspora constitutes a significant proportion of the  population, not in terms of number alone but in terms of their importance to the economy of the country.

The excited Sen. Oloriegbe said that despite the paucity of funds allocated to NIDCOM, the Commission has been able to annex the potentials of the Nigerians abroad and also lived to  expectations.

He said the committee visit was basically to conduct oversight functions on the  Commission as required by law and see further areas of interventions.

” I am happy that we are the first Committee to oversight the Commission 

after it came into existence last year

“This Commission looks so small but the responsibility put on it is very big, not only big in terms of the volume but very critical and important both for the country in terms of security and touching the life of the individuals especially the citizens abroad.

He assured Hon. Dabiri-Erewa that the committee would do everything possible to make the job of the commission easy for them through necessary legal framework and required amendment to the NIDCOM Act.

Oloriegbe said such amendments would enable the country to tap more into 

the Diaspora resources for the overall benefits of the country.

Responding, the NIDCOM Chairman,  Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa thanked the 

Committee for being there for the Commission during its trying period, 

saying its top priority is working on the Database of Nigerians in the Diaspora. and encouraging diaspora investments

She said that the National Diaspora Policy, which had been validated by 

all stakeholders and development partners, had  been sent to the 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs for presentation to the Federal Executive Council for approval as that will solve some of the challenges confronting the administration of Diaspora affairs in Nigeria.

She listed other activities of the commission in the last one year of 

its creation as holding National Diaspora Day, Nigerians Diaspora Investment Summit, the Badagry Door of Return and inauguration of the State Focal point officers.,

Others, according to her, include signing of MoU with some stakeholders, 

Investment summit with Nigerians in Saudi Arabia, evacuation of stranded 

Nigerians abroad, Diaspora Housing project with Federal Mortgage Bank 

and collaboration with some international organisations.

She also requested for the intervention of the committee in the areas of 

increased funding of the Commission, reduction of charges charged by 

IMTOs  on remittances by the diasporans and support for the commission 

to have its own office accommodation.

Dabiri-Erewa also solicited for the support of the Senate Committee on 

legislation to make the travelling of Nigerians abroad seeking for jobs 

to be legalised in line with international labour laws, thus eradicating 

the human trafficking of Nigerians abroad, adding that illegal migration 

can be made legal with the right laws put in place and effective 

multi-agency collaboration .

In his remarks, Sen. Abba Morro, who was also on the entourage,commended 

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and her team for being dynamic despite paucity 

of funds, describing her as “ a comrade” , always determined to achieve 

results , against all odds.

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