OrderPaperToday – The Presidency has solicited the support of the National Assembly on a new policy to carter for the needs and inclusiveness of Nigerians in Diaspora in developing the country.
In a similar development, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has directed the Committees on Diaspora, Foreign Affairs, Sports and Commerce to liaise with Nigerian communities in Diaspora with a view to developing their potentials for the country’s benefit.
Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri during an advocacy visit to the Senate Committee on Diaspora, disclosed that the Buhari administration has decided to fashion out a holistic policy for the engagement of Nigerians in the diaspora.
Dabiri said that the potentials of Nigerians in diaspora could not be effectively harnessed without such a policy and a commission to cater for its implementation.
She told the committee that her office will be working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hose and Senate Committees on Diaspora to craft the needed policy.
She said: “This policy would be like a crust for every other thing that we are going to do and work on that will start very soon, we are going to get every Nigerian in the diaspora to contribute to the policy.”
She recalled that a Bill to create a Diaspora Commission was passed by the 7th Assembly but was not assented to by ex president Goodluck Jonathan.
She therefore urged the 8th National Assembly to revisit the bill, adding that “there is no better time to have Nigerians in Nigeria and Nigerians in Diaspora collaborating to get the best for Nigeria.
“Perhaps the economic survival of Nigeria could depend a lot on the Nigerians in the Diaspora, if they were able to remit $21 billion in 2014 they can be able to do more.
“President Buhari is willing that is why for the first time he has an SSA on Diaspora, we have a committee in the Senate, we have a committee in the House.
“We have committed Nigerians in the diaspora who are contributing to the World economy so we have no excuse not to tap into this enormous human resource.
In her remarks, Sen. Rose Oko, chairperson of the committee said the Senate was committed to passing the bill establishing the Diaspora Commission adding that it had already scaled first reading.
In the House of Representatives, the Speaker told a delegation of Nigerians in Diaspora which comprised of two thriving Nigerian Boxers resident in the United Kingdom, that the parliament will do all within its powers to promote Nigerians doing well all over the world, even if it entails new legislation.
“I will direct all relevant committees of the House, including Diaspora, Foreign Affairs, Sports, Commerce to work to develop a model to appropriately respond to the situation we are faced with,” he stated.