The speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has mandated the House Committees on Diaspora, Foreign Affairs, Sports and Commerce to liaise with Nigerian community in the Diaspora with a view of developing their potentials for the country’s benefit.
The speaker said this when he received a delegation of some Nigerian boxers led by the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Diaspora Direct Investment Summit, Mr Bimbo Folayan, in his office.
According to a statement by his spokesman, Mr Turaki Hassan, the speaker promised the delegation which comprised of two thriving Nigerian Boxers resident in the United Kingdom that the parliament will do all within its powers to promote Nigerians doing well all over the world, even if it entails new legislation.
“I will direct all relevant committees of the House, including Diaspora, Foreign Affairs, Sports, Commerce to work to develop a model to appropriately respond to the situation we are faced with,” he stated, referring to a situation where Nigerians are not supported to develop their potentials for the country.
“Potentials are meant to be developed; it is just like pouring sugar in a cup. It is potentially sweet but if you don’t stir it, you won’t get its full potential. If we don’t invest in this potential and stir them, we will not be able to get everything we could have achieved from them.”
Earlier, Mr Afolayan informed the speaker that the two boxers were waterweight boxing champions based in the United Kingdom who have failed despite several attempts to get Nigerian government to support them to reach for higher titles under the Nigerian colours.
He appealed to the speaker to push for relevant agencies of government to help develop the boxers to become world class so that Nigeria will be ranked among countries with ranking boxers and also draw direct investment to Nigeria through sports.