Abike Dabiri Arewa Reappointed NIDCOM Chairman

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa has been reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to serve as the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) for a second term.

A letter from the President to the Senate asking the Upper Chamber to confirm her reappointment included a notice of her reappointment.

In a second letter, President Buhari asked the Senate to approve the appointment of six federal commissioners for the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to cover the positions that are now open in the states.

Ayogu Eze, Peter Okpara, Hauwa Aliyu, Rajiya Ayuba, Kolawole Adebola, and Ismailia Agaka are among the nominees.

Meanwhile, the red chamber has instructed its interior committee to look into the reasons behind the Nigeria Immigration Department’s delay in issuing and renewing passports.

The Senate has also asked its committee on interior to probe the contract for the printing of passports by the NIS.

The Senate issued these directives to its committee on Interior at the resumption of plenary on Tuesday following a motion by Senator Uche Ekwunife who said Nigerians are facing hardship and stress in getting their passports.

She explained that despite the six weeks timeline given by the NIS to process passports, Nigerians now spend between three to six months to get them.

The lawmaker further noted that it has become extremely difficult for passports to be processed in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja and this is creating a situation where Nigerians who reside in those states now have to travel to other states in the country to process their passports.