OrderPaperToday – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday briefed members of the House on his legislative interventions on behalf of Nigerians in Diaspora while the House was on recess.
Gbajabiamila stated that he had intervened in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa and China where authorities in those countries used state actions to target Nigerians.
This was part of his welcome address on the resumption of the House following the statutory two months annual holiday.
“In some of these places, our citizens become victims of state actions that impede on their right to life, to free movement and free enterprise. So far, the 9th House of Representatives has had cause to intervene on behalf of Nigerians in South Africa, Egypt, China and Ghana.”
The Speaker informed the House that “these interventions have resulted in specific and general improvements to the wellbeing of our citizens in these countries,” adding that
“this pattern of legislative diplomacy will continue.”
He also disclosed that the House had resolved with “Parliament of Ghana to appoint a Joint Committee of members of both Legislatures to explore reciprocal legislation that will ensure the people of both countries can continue to freely trade with each other and in each other’s territories.”
Similarly, he disclosed that the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo has assured him that Nigerians will not be subjected to victimization.
Speaking further, Gbajabiamila noted that “legislative diplomacy is not only about actions to protect the rights of Nigerians abroad. On many of the issues that most affect our lives; national security, trade, healthcare and our economy, cooperation with the rest of the world is necessary to promote Nigerian interests. Legislative diplomacy is also about building alliances that allow us to meet the obligations we owe to Nigerians here at home.”
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