Reps To Reintroduce Diaspora Voting Bill

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The bill concerning diaspora voting, which was rejected during the process to change the constitution, will reportedly be reintroduced, according to the house of Representatives committee on diaspora.

This was said by the committee’s chairperson, Tolulope Shadipe, when Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission NIDCOM, appeared before the committee to defend the commission’s 2023 budget.

According to Mrs. Shadipe, they must eventually succeed since that is the way the world is moving.

“We would be back with the bill. They are Nigerians and they have the right to vote in Nigerian elections. The modalities and the issues that were raised the last time would be resolved and we would come back to it

She revealed that the committee is also looking at the issue of people of Nigerian descent who are not currently Nigerians but want to return home after DNA tests proved that they have ties to Nigeria.

The Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa, urged Nigerians to stop migrating to other countries if they don’t have jobs there.

According to her, eighty percent of prisoners in Dubai are Nigerians, who went there without jobs and got into trouble.

Mrs Abike Dabiri stressed the need for a stronger multi-sector collaboration to stop the trend.

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