Abike Dabiri-Erewa, CEO of NiDCOM, holding a baby inside a plane that brought Nigerians from Sudan at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Thursday /Photo: NiDCOM

Nigerian diaspora commission’s chief reappointed

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Dr (Ms) Abike Dabiri-Erewa for a second term as the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).

The notice of her reappointment was contained in a letter written by the President to the Senate requesting the Upper Chamber to confirm her reappointment.

In November 2018, the President first named Ms Dabiri-Erewa as NiDCOM chair. She had been the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora before the appointment.

Dabiri-Erewa was a member of the House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency in Lagos from 2003-2015. While at the House, she chaired the Committee on Diaspora Affairs.

The Senate is expected to confirm the appointment before 29 May when President-elect Bola Tinubu will be sworn in to succeed Buhari.

Many public commentators have lauded Dabiri-Erewa’s reappointment.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Hon Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, commended Dabiri-Erewa for her unwavering commitment to serving Nigerians in the diaspora and ensuring that their voices are heard.

Ms Akande-Sadipe acknowledged Dabiri-Erewa’s dedication and outstanding performance in her previous tenure, which earned her reappointment. And she expressed confidence in the NiDCOM chief’s ability to continue to steer the commission towards achieving its mandate of promoting the welfare of Nigerians in the diaspora.

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