Reps move to allow Nigerian missions, others spend revenues

The House of Representatives is considering allowing Nigerian embassies, high commissions and other foreign missions to share in the revenues they generate for the Federal Government.

After unanimously adopting a motion to that effect at the plenary on Tuesday, the House proposed the introduction of a bill seeking to empower foreign missions to spend part of the revenues they generate to be able to function efficiently and effectively.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, asked the sponsor of the motion, Buba Yakub, to consider sponsoring a bill to give such powers to the foreign missions just like other revenue-generating agencies and parastatals like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Yakub had moved a motion entitled, ‘Urgent Need for the House to Save Our Nation the Embarrassment Emanating from Our Missions Abroad by Evaluating the Status of these Missions and Acting Promptly.’

Adopting the motion, the House unanimously called on the Federal Government “to allow each of the missions abroad to partake of the revenue generated from activities within its domain; these include visa and passport issuance fees and others, addinh that this will, no doubt, enhance the work environment of the missions and make for a positive change in their outlook.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs has called on the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to allocate more funds to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission for better efficiency.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada; and the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, stated this on Tuesday when they appeared before the committee over the 2020 budget proposed by the ministry.

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