Nigerians living abroad are not criminals, says Akande Sadipe

"We are not criminals but people who are adding value across the world. Nigerian Adults and Children are making their positive mark and contributions worldwide, our positive narrative is greater than the negative, we and the world need to embrace that"
Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, the Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, and Chairman Diaspora Committee of The House of Representatives

Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency and Chairman of the House of Representatives Diaspora Committee, has stated that Nigerians in Diaspora are not criminals but people who contribute value to the globe.

She stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the unveiling of the National Diaspora Policy by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

Nigerians in diaspora are making great contributions all around the world, according to Akande-Sadipe
"a large number of those in diasporas are professionals with specialization in all fields of human endeavor, including education, research, medicine, law, ICT, engineering, etc. This represents a large pool of human resource capacity that needs to be effectively engaged and coordinated to promote National Development. These our diasporan's are changing the narrative, helping to showcase Nigeria as it truly is, showing that Nigeria is not a Nation of Criminals as some will want you to believe".

"It may interest you to know that one of the legislative priorities of the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives, as articulated in the Legislative Agenda of the House, is in the area of Human Capital Development and Social Investment; and one of the prioritized legislative actions, is to pursue reforms in our foreign policy to ensure the protection of Nigerians and Nigerian interests in the diaspora. Also, to harness the potential of the Nigerian community in the diaspora for development, particularly in the area of skills and technology transfer, investments and the promotion of the country’s national image abroad." She added.

An successful Diaspora Policy, according to the Chairman, will provide a framework for promoting commerce and foreign direct investment, as well as promote entrepreneurship and the transfer of new technology and talents.

Nigeria is the largest beneficiary of remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the lawmaker, and so there is a need for better coordination and regulation of diaspora remittances to contribute positively to the country's social and economic growth.

Hon Tolu Akande-Sadipe is a member, House of Representatives, representing Oluyole federal constituency. An accountant by profession, she holds a master’s degree in International business management

"I would like to congratulate the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) under the able leadership of Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa for the tireless effort towards articulating a clear policy direction to effectively utilize, support and engage the diaspora for National Development" Hon. Tolulope said in her remarks. In all we do, we must remember our trafficked Nigerians in the diaspora, who are living in horrific conditions.

The Chairman went on to congratulate the State Diaspora Focal Point Officers on their accomplishments in their mandate of leveraging the human capital and material resources of Nigerians in Diaspora for the country's overall socio-economic, cultural, and political development.

She then instructed them to be tenacious in their pursuit of more collaborative efforts from the public servants.

"I encourage you all to continue to work with NiDCOM and the various Committees that have been set up to ensure an effective and sustained diaspora engagement for National Development".

"I would also like to use this opportunity to assure you of the total support of the House Committee on Diaspora and indeed the House of Representatives"
She spoke.