By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Honourable Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has disclosed that the 9th Assembly is set to make Diaspora Voting a reality in the country .
According to Honourable Akande-Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the Special Assistant on Media, to the lawmaker Olamilekan Olusada, the House would soon commence the second reading on the Diaspora Voting Bill for the enfranchisement of Nigerians living in the Diaspora.
The lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency while speaking at a meeting with Nigerians living in the United States emphasized that,” this is part of the 9th Assembly’s commitment to the Diaspora community.”
According to her, Nigerians living outside the country have as much stake in the present and future of Nigeria as those living in Nigeria.
“We are working to ensure that the Diaspora voting becomes a reality. Although, there are some challenges to be worked out in the implementation, nonetheless, the process has begun”, she said.
Hon Akande-Sadipe pointed out that the House of Representatives has thrown its weight behind the enfranchisement of Nigerians abroad and that the bill in the amended format will come up for the second reading upon resumption from the recess.
Honourable Akande-Sadipe assured Nigerians living abroad of the readiness of the 9th Assembly to partner with all relevant stakeholders in formulating policies that represent Sustainable National Growth and Development”.
The lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency urged the Federal government to leverage on Diaspora Resources for National Development, which is aimed at creating an avenue for prospective, meaningful and sustainable diaspora investments, saying, “if well realized will boost economic growth and development of our great country – Nigeria”.
In doing this, Honourable Akande-Sadipe charged the federal government to intensify the design and implementation of strategies to harness the Nation’s grossly underutilized potentials in the diaspora, saying. this would successfully transition the Nigerian economy from the state of commodity-dominated production to high value-added production .