Nigerians abroad to send N3.27 trillion home in 2012 – World Bank report… Vanguardngr.com

Nigerian workers worldwide are expected to remit N3.27 trillion ($21 billion) back home in 2012, almost a 100 percent increase above N1.65 trillion ($10.6 billion) recorded in 2011, according to a new World Bank brief on global migration and remittances.

Nigeria is ranked the fifth among the top recipients of remittances this year.

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PRESIDENT JONATHAN PROMISES MORE RECOGNITION FOR NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said the Federal Government will put all machinery in motion to ensure that Nigerians in diaspora can vote during elections that follow the 2011 general elections. The President has also assured that more distinguished Nigerians in the diaspora will be considered subsequently for inclusion in the National Honours list.

He gave these assurances, Tuesday, while addressing members of the Nigerian Community in Gabon, at the residence of the Nigerian ambassador in Libreville. The President was in Gabon for the 50 th independence anniversary celebration of that country.

Responding to various questions and comments from Nigerians at the occasion, President Jonathan noted that while it may not be feasible for Nigerians in the diaspora to vote at the forthcoming 2011 polls, trends in modern technology like the electronic voting system have simplified the voting process and assured that Government will ensure they exercise their franchise in subsequent elections.

NIGERIA: 2015 – JONATHAN ENDORSES DIASPORA VOTING

President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed yesterday that Nigerians in diaspora could vote in the 2015 general elections an issue, he said, he would address next year.
The president hinted that he has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to look at the possibilities in which Nigerians in Diaspora are able to vote in the presidential and gubernatorial elections as a starting point.

2015 is fast approaching and Nigerians in Diaspora want to collect on that promise.

Nigeria is our country and we want to be part of it, however, we cannot continue to contribute to the development of the country while being denied the participation that every citizen enjoys in other countries even though they live outside the country.
Every day, week and month, hundreds of Nigeria’s political, business, and religious leadership travel to Europe, and America and other parts of theworld, where they enjoy the fruits of democracy that guarantees one man one vote to all its citizens. Read more »

SENATOR DAVID MARK SUPPORTS NIGERIANS IN THE DIASPORA.

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The senate president further challenged the foreign missions to see the defence of rights of Nigerians’ resident abroad as first and foremost their responsibilities.

We believe that these rights include the right to vote for Nigerians in the Diaspora.

NIGERIA: UK GROUPS OPPOSE SUSPENSION OF BILL ON DIASPORA VOTING…DAILY TRUST

UK-based Nigerian groups yesterday said the suspension of the Bill on Diaspora voting by the National Assembly was a “collective disenfranchisement of innocent citizens”.

The bill, which seeks to allow Nigerians in the Diaspora to vote in future elections, suffered a setback in the House of Representatives as it was suspended for further input.

Most of the lawmakers who spoke on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (ACN Lagos), said the country could not afford the cost of conducting such an election.

How can they say Nigeria cannot afford the cost of conducting such an election when Nigerians in Diaspora contribute over $20 billion to the economy annually? Why don’t they just pass the bill and let us fund it from the Diaspora? Read more »

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