By Ignatius Ushie
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Abia State for being the first state in Nigeria to have its own Diaspora Commission.
In a statement in Abuja by the Head of Media and Public Relations of NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, made available to PeakNews. the NIDCOM boss said Abians have made history with the passage of the bill by the Abia state House of Assembly..
Dabiri-Erewa expressed her appreciation to the Abia Parliamentarians as well as the Diaspora friendly Governor of the state, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
She equally thanked Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Matters and Special Duties for her diligence and consistency in ensuring the passage of the bill.
She urged other states in the country to emulate Abia state as the commission will provide a veritable platform to tap into the enormous human resources of Abians in diaspora, who, working with Abians at home , would contribute to rapid development of the state.
The bill, H.A.B. 21 tagged: “The Abians in Diaspora Commission Bill, 2020, was sponsored by Hon. Onyekwere Mike Ukoha representing Arochukwu state constituency.
According to the Speaker, ” Honourable Colleagues, this law might be cited as ” The Abians in Diaspora Commission Law and shall come into force this day 22nd of March, 2021″, he said.