The Senate today passed the Nigerian in Diaspora (Establishment) Bill, 2017 Seeking to establish Nigerians in Diaspora Commission which will provide for the engagement of Nigerians in Diaspora in the policies, projects and participation in the development of Nigeria and for the purpose of utilizing the human, capital and material resources of Nigerians in Diaspora towards the overall socialist-economic, cultural and political development of Nigeria.
The Nigerians In Diaspora Commission Bill passed would facilitate the establishment of a ministry for diaspora engagement, monitoring and development as well as the Bond for the in-flow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into Nigeria.
More than $25 billions are remitted yearly.
Speaking on the second passage, the Chairman, Diaspora Committee in the NASS, Hon. Barrister Rita Orji said, “In keeping my promise that I want to give diaspora legal frame work and consolidate its existence, the bill has passed the second reading. The journey continues and soon the commission will be realized as promised. Congrats to my stakeholders, the constituent (diasporas)”.
The next move is now for the actual assent by the government and its full implementation and setup.
More will be in BENTV full report.
On her part, Chair Foreign Affair in Red Chamber, Senator Rose Oko said the commission will integrates the Diaspora into the much needed national development not only on health or education but across diverse interests for the nation.
This new commission will assist the government recruits the best of Nigerian professionals and highly skilled ones especially if the management of the executives in the commission are adopted or invited to partake in the take-off of the commission.
The full report is here for your perusal. NIGERIA CORRESPONDENT REPORTS 31 3 2017: http://youtu.be/uTtEfER603I