Osinbajo signs Diaspora Commission Bill

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has assented to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Establishment Bill 2017.

He also signed the Petroleum Training Institute Amendment Act 2017.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that the acting president assented to the bills on Friday.

He explained that the Diaspora Commission Act “establishes the commission under the supervisory jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It has the responsibility to coordinate and organise Nigerians in and from the Diaspora to contribute human capital and material resources, including their expertise, for the development of Nigeria and its constituent states.

“It will also provide a database of Nigerians on various fields and potentialities as resource base for Nigeria and the world to draw from, as well as protect the interest of all Nigerians,” he said.

Mr. Enang added that the Petroleum Training Institute Act was to bring its provisions in conformity with the Constitution and allow for due process in the administration, affecting principal officers and staff of the institute.

Meanwhile, the presidential aide has welcomed National Assembly members back from their mid-term vacation and the constituency engagements to their legislative duties.



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  • 0tile

    God forbid evil. The so called presidency is hollow. What is Osinbajo struggling to say?

  • goodwill2

    I do not see anything bad about the idea. It looks like they want to create a database where Nigerians living abroad could register their skills such that whenever a certain skill could not be found locally, Nigerians in diaspora with matching would be contacted. The only ‘if’ about it in my opinion is that it will still boil down to the Nigerian way of doings. You may never be contacted if you do not have a god father, or are not from a certain part of the country. A cheaper way to achieve same result would be to advertise high tech jobs on the websites of Nigerian embassies in Europe and North America, and this way there would not be a need to create a commission which will only waste money.