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Reps summon Onyeama over maltreatment of Nigerians abroad

The House of Representatives has summoned Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, for questioning over  continued maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora, especially United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe said this during the commissioning of a Sports and Educational Facility, in Awe town, in Oyo State.

He maintained that the welfare of Nigerians living abroad matters to the federal  lawmakers.

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While expressing concerns about the maltreatment of Nigerians outside the country, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe said the Minister owes the Nation an explanation on what is happening to citizens of the country in the Diaspora.

The federal lawmaker expressed concerns that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was not doing enough yet to get Nigerians respected in their various places of abode abroad.

In her words,  “The key issue right now is the UAE. We have invited the Minister of Foreign affairs to come and tell us what is happening to Nigerians in the Diaspora, especially in the UAE. When we get this update, we will know the way forward from there.”

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She  promised Nigerians that the House would  not sweep the matter under the carpet, but pursue it to a meaningful end.

She continued, “In spite of what is happening, I assure you that this matter will not end on the table of hearings alone.

“We will ensure something is done. You recall the matter of Temitope Ariwolo and other Nigerian girls, returned to the country. We played a huge part in that, success”, Hon. Akande-Sadipe said.