Nigeria: Stakeholders seek constitution of Diaspora commission board

Members of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute the Board of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in line with its establishment Act.

The appeal came in an open letter to Buhari dated July 4 and signed by cCairmen of NIDO’s continental branches in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

They cited Section (1) (c) of the NIDCOM Act, which provides for a board consisting of a chairman and representatives of various institutions and organisations, including NIDO, as members.

“Accordingly, the various NIDO continental bodies have since forwarded to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation the names and CVs of their respective nominees.

“We had hoped that you would appoint the entire Board of the Commission together with the Chairman, but we have confidence in your judgment by acting otherwise.

“May we implore Your Excellency to consider following up with the appointment of other members of the commission,’’ they said.

The NIDO members, however, lauded the Buhari administration for establishing the commission to harness the “enormous professional and economic potential’’ of Nigerians in the Diaspora for national development.

Highlighting the national development activities of the organisation over the years, they assured the president of their “unequivocal commitment’’ to his Next Level agenda.

The letter was signed by Mr Obed Monago, Chairman, NIDO Americas; Mr Obinna Kingsman, Chairman, NIDO Africa; Prof. E. Ejiogu (Asia); Mr Kenneth Gbandi (Europe), and Mr Gary Unamadu (Oceania). 

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