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Nigeria adopts policy for citizens abroad



The federal government has adopted a National Diaspora Policy for Nigeria.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, confirmed this during a chat with reporters after the cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Onyeama noted that the policy was formulated by the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).

The minister said it would formalise the relationship between the government and nationals abroad.

“There are 17 or more million Nigerians in the diaspora and they constitute a very important part of the Nigerian community.”

Onyeama added that the policy aims to promote national development through engagement with the Nigerians overseas.

He further explained that the scheme would address voting by citizens who reside outside Nigeria and the deployment of their skills in different sectors.