The House of Representatives is set to reintroduce the diaspora voting bill for consideration.
Recall that the bill on diaspora voting was thrown out during the constitutional amendments.
But Tolulope Shadipe, chairperson of the committee on diaspora, the bill would guarantee the rights of Nigerians abroad to elect their leaders back home when passed into law.
Shadipe disclosed this when Abike Dabiri-Erewa, CEO of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), appeared before lawmakers to defend the budget performance of her organization.
“We would be back with the [diaspora voting] bill. They are Nigerians and they have the right to vote in Nigerian elections,” Shadipe declared.
“The modalities and the issues that were raised the last time would be resolved and we would come back to it,” she added.
In her remarks, Dabiri-Erewa lamented the attitude of some Nigerians overseas adding that those without lawful jobs abroad should not travel to those countries.
According to her, most Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates often end up in jail due to a lack of employment.