The All Progressives Congress (APC) Diaspora Chairmen Forum has urged the National Assembly Committee on Diaspora to clarify issues relating to inputs by Nigerians in the Diaspora during parliamentary proceedings.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Dr Philip Ideawor, Chairman of the forum and APC Chairman UK and Mr Lawal Ayoola, spokesperson for the Forum and Chairman, APC Scandinavia.
NAN recalls that controversy has continued to trail a submission of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, that Nigerians living abroad cannot submit petitions over some incidents which occurred in the country.
Wase who sat in for Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila during Thursday’s plenary, rejected a petition filed by “Mutual Union of the Tiv in America” on insecurity in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba.
“As Nigerians, there is no harm in making valid presentations to the National Assembly if and when necessary on national or any issue.
” Diaspora inputs in discussions should not be jettisoned on the ground that those making inputs or suggestions do not reside in Nigeria.
“The National Assembly is made up of lawmakers representing all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora and their opinions should be listened to and deliberated on.
They said Nigeria stood to gain more if the assembly allowed inputs from the Diasporas that would move the nation forward.
The communique was endorsed by Ideawor (UK) who chaired the meeting, Ayoola (Scandinavia) Mr Stephen Tella (Chairman, APC Spain), Prof. Adesegun Labinjo (Chairman, APC USA), Mr Charles Mitcheletti (Chairman, APC Ghana) and Barr Adefioye Hammed (Chairman, APC Ireland).
Others were, Mr Olalekan Ogunwede (Chairman, APC Germany), Mr Olanrewaju Balogun (Chairman, APC France), Mr Elias Ebone (Chairman, APC Canada), Chima Ibezim Italy (Chairman Italy) and its Emeritus Chairman, Tony Isama. (NAN)