BY Ignatius Ushie
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has thrown his weight behind diaspora voting in Nigeria, stressing that he sees no reason why the National Assembly cannot amend the relevant laws to make it possible for Nigerians in Diaspora to Vote. In a statement from the Media department of the Agency, made available to PeakNews in Abuja, The Former President was speaking when the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission,(NIDCOM), Hon. Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and some staff of the Commission, paid him a Courtesy visit in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.
The Chairman/CEO, (NIDCOM), Hon. Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, thanked President Obasanjo for his initiative to get Nigerians to coordinate their activities under a Non-Governmental Organisation, (NGO), Nigerians in Diaspora Organisations, (NIDO) over twenty years ago.
Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa also intimated President Obasanjo of some of the achievements of NiDCOM since its establishment, through the harnessing of the potential of Diasporan Nigerians for growth and national development.
This engagement process has led to investment by Nigerians in the Diaspora in critical sectors of the economy such as health, agriculture, hospitality and tourism, and housing, among others.
The NIDCOM Boss added that the Commission has also launched a Diaspora Data Mapping Portal for demographic and strategic development.