The Presidency is set to partner the National Assembly on a new policy to carter for the needs and inclusiveness of Nigerians in Diaspora.
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Relations gave this cheering news when she led a delegation to visit the Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora, Sen. Rose Oko in Abuja on Tuesday.
She said that the potentials of Nigerians in the diaspora could not be effectively harnessed without a Diaspora policy and a commission to carter for the Nigerians in the Diaspora.
“We must have a Diapora Policy as soon as possible, Nigeria does not have Diaspora policy, so the first thing we would be doing is crafting a Diaspora policy.
“We will be working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the House and Senate Committee on Diaspora to craft this policy on Diaspora matters.
“This policy would be like a thrust for every other thing that we are going to do and work on that will start very soon, we are going to get every Nigerian in the diaspora to contribute to the policy.
“Without the policy we cannot do anything so that is very critical, and of course the Diaspora Commission Bill is also very critical,” she said.
She recalled that the Bill to create a Diaspora Commission was passed by the 7th Assembly but was not assented to and therefore urged the 8th National Assembly to revisit the bill.
She said that with the policy and the commission, it would be important to have a database of Nigerians in the Diaspora with a view to reaping good benefits from them. Abike noted