The Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has congratulated the Abia State government for being the first state in Nigeria to have its own Diaspora Commission.
In a statement signed by the Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Dabiri-Erewa was quoted saying 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 the 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 the 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.
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