A motion was moved today by House Chairman on Diaspora urging Mr. President to constitute the Board of NIDCOM and it was adopted. 


The House:

Notes that Section 2(1) of the Nigerians in Diaspora Establishment Act, 2017 states that there shall be a Governing Board for the Commission, which will be responsible for its general administration;

Also notes the genuine intent of President Muhammadu Buhari in signing the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission Act, 2017, in response to complaints Nigerian suffers in their host countries, resulting in a huge embarrassment to the image of Nigeria and its rating before the community of nations:

Further notes that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission provides for the engagement of Nigerians in the Diaspora in the policies, projects, and participation in the development of Nigeria and the purpose of utilizing human capital and material resources of Nigerians in the Diaspora towards the overall socio-economic, cultural, and political development of Nigeria:

Aware that Nigeria has a huge, well-educated, and hardworking diaspora population across all the continents of the world and constitutes a significant percentage of active economic capital for our national growth and development;

Also aware that a recent World Bank report states that Nigeria is the highest remittance-recipient country in Sub-Saharan Africa, approximated at about 520 billion in official remittances by the end of 2023, which is about 38% of remittances flowing to the regions. At the close of 2023, the exchange rate of N885.88 was about N17.71 Trillion:

Concerned that the challenges faced by the Nigerians in the diaspora that necessitated the establishment of the Commission remain unresolved and have worsened, attributed to the fact that the Board of the Commission has yet to be constituted by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since its establishment seven years ago;

Also Concerned that Nigerians in the diaspora have contributed significantly to the country’s economic growth, development, and social stability, and their welfare be given special attention by the government and its organs;

Worried that if the Board is not constituted immediately, the capacity of NIDCOM to address the challenges of Nigerians in the diaspora will worsen and that would present Nigeria from a negative perspective as a country that does not care for the welfare of its citizens, thus undermining the establishment of the Commission:

Resolves to:


urge the President to give effect to the provisions of Section 2 (1) of the NIDCON

Establishment Act, 2017 by constituting the Board of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM): and


also urge the President to inaugurate the Board after their confirmation and charge it to immediately address the numerous challenges facing Nigerians in the Diaspora; and


mandate the Committee on in Diaspora to ensure compliance.


Comments are closed.