IOM, NIDCOM to partner on Diaspora matters

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The International Organisation for Migration and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission have expressed readiness to work together on Diaspora matters.
Their resolve to work together was contained in a statement issued by the Media and Public Relations Officer of NIDCOM, Gabriel Odu, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to the statement, the two organisations will brainstorm on how best to address Diaspora data mapping and registration, skill and knowledge transfer as well as the draft national Diaspora policy, all of which are the issues on the front burner.
Speaking at the meeting, Elizabeth Poage, representative of the Chief of Mission, IOM, and National Project Officer, Labour, Migration and Diaspora, said the decision to work together was to give status and update on the draft National Diaspora Policy.
On the action plan, the two organisations will establish a standing committee for effective coordination with other relevant stakeholders.
Responding, the Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the policy had been forwarded to the Federal Executive Council, adding that it was being studied, considered preparatory to its approval and adoption.
The NIDCOM boss commended the immense support of IOM for actively engaging issues of labour, migration and exploitation.
NAN reports that the Forum of Standing Committee on Diaspora Matters in Nigeria is also reviewing activities under the Diaspora component of the “Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration (EU-IOM)” in Nigeria.
In attendance at the meeting were other stakeholders from the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa, Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Labour, National Emergency Management Agency and science and technology policy makers, among others.