The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has said it will continue to advocate the passage of the diaspora voting bill that was shut down in March by the national assembly.
The chairperson of NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa made this known on Wednesday during a press briefing to announce the upcoming National Diaspora Day.
She said, “Without the national assembly amending the laws, we are all helpless. We have to continue to lobby, beg, plead for parliament to see the need for diaspora voting and all of you media should make it a topic of discussion.
“Diaspora voting is something that has to happen; although the parliament argues that Nigeria has yet to perfect voting and as such, is not ready for diaspora voting.
“If we keep waiting for perfection, nothing will happen and INEC is ready. Now there is electronic transmission of results, so it is just to engage the national assembly more.”
Ms Dabiri-Erewa also tasked members of Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) to support the advocacy.
She added that, “Nigeria will on July 25 mark its national diaspora day in a hybrid event in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“The event themed ‘Diaspora Engagement in global challenging times for National Development’ is essential for national development as no nation in the world will grow without its Diaspora.
“It would be a networking, advocacy and mobilisation event to celebrate the achievements of the over 17 million Nigerians in the Diaspora who contribute to national development; as well as facilitate engagements among the Diaspora with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government amongst others.”