Senate seeks upgrade of diaspora commission to ministry

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THE Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-governmental Organisations has called for an upgrade of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) to a Ministry to enable it to fulfil its obligations to millions of citizens in foreign countries.

The committee disclosed this during an interactive session with the officials of the NiDCOM, led by its chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa at the National Assembly in Abuja.

She had earlier informed the Committee that the agency was having serious challenges in meeting its mandate due to poor funding, stressing that her office was encountering difficulties helping some Nigerians in a critical situation in foreign lands because there was no provision for foreign trips for her officials.

In its reaction, the Committee, which noted that the responsibilities placed on NIDCOM were more than what an agency could handle, also suggested that the Technical Aids Corps should be under the direct supervision of NIDCOM.

The chairman of the Committee, Senator Michael Nnachi (PDP Ebonyi South), further directed the legal department of NIDCOM to liaise with the National Assembly in a bid to amend the Act that established it.


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