We’re plan­ning for Nige­ri­ans abroad to vote in fu­ture — Dabiri-erewa

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the Chair­man of the Nige­ri­ans in Di­as­pora Com­mis­sion, Mrs Abike Dabir­iErewa, said on satur­day that her com­mis­sion was work­ing to­wards en­sur­ing that the over 20 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans liv­ing abroad were al­lowed to vote in fu­ture elec­tions.

Dabiri-erewa said, “With Nige­ri­ans in the Di­as­pora con­tribut­ing so much to the Nige­rian econ­omy, es­ti­mated at over $2bn in 2018, we be­lieve they de­serve to vote. We are al­ready work­ing with the Na­tional Assem­bly to hope­fully make this a re­al­ity in Nige­ria through an amend­ment to the coun­try’s Elec­toral Act.”

The chair­man, rep­re­sented by the com­mis­sion’s Head, Me­dia and Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Al­haji Ab­dur-rahman Ba­lo­gun, spoke in Ado Ek­iti, the Ek­iti State cap­i­tal, dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the 2019 Ek­iti Di­as­pora Home­com­ing Re­cep­tion, with the theme, ‘Lever­ag­ing Di­as­pora Re­sources for Youth and So­cio-eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment in Ek­iti State” or­gan­ised by the Ek­iti State Gov­ern­ment in con­junc­tion with youth or­gan­i­sa­tions.

She dis­closed that the com­mis­sion, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other stake­hold­ers, had also drafted a di­as­pora pol­icy await­ing the ap­proval of the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment had al­ready de­clared July 25, ev­ery year as a date set aside to recog­nise and ap­praise Nige­ri­ans in the di­as­pora on their con­tri­bu­tions to na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

Dabiri-erewa, who can­vassed the es­tab­lish­ment of di­as­pora fo­cal point in the gov­er­nors’ of­fices in the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion, lauded Ek­iti state as one of the front­line states out of 16 states that had es­tab­lished ei­ther a di­as­pora desk or of­fice of di­as­pora af­fairs.

Ek­iti State Gover­nor, Dr Kay­ode Fayemi, rep­re­sented by his Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Di­as­pora Af­fairs, Mr Femi Odere, said he de­lib­er­ately cre­ated the Di­as­pora Af­fairs Of­fice to en­able Ek­iti in­di­genes liv­ing abroad to con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic restora­tion agenda of his gov­ern­ment.

the founder of Afe Ba­balola Univer­sity, Chief Afe Ba­balola, who chaired the oc­ca­sion, called on Nige­ri­ans in the di­as­pora, es­pe­cially those from Ek­iti State, to shun neg­a­tive ac­tiv­i­ties that could give the coun­try and the state a bad name.

Ba­balola, rep­re­sented by ABUAD Deputy Vice Chan­cel­lor, (Aca­demics), Prof. Slyvester Ojo, urged them to strive to al­ways project the good name of the coun­try and be of as­sis­tance to the job­less and the needy in the coun­try.

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