The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters yesterday demanded an unreserved apology from the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) for failing to honour its appointment for the defence of the commission’s 2021 budget.
The commission was scheduled to appear before the committee to defend it’s 2021 budget estimate, but as at 12.17pm, the lawmakers became furious as NIDCOM Chairman, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, was not at the venue.
Members of staff of the commission were seen frantically trying to get the NIDCOM boss, who was said to have gone to the Senate for another meeting. Members of the com-mittee, who became restless, expressed disappointment over her absence, saying that she must apologise to the committee before a new date would be set for her appearance. One of the members said: “Who is she to keep us waiting? We are the ones to approve the budget and not the Senate.”
While adjourning the session, Chairman of the committee, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, said the committee members were not happy that she would keep them waiting when she was duly informed of the timing for the meeting, but chose to go to the Senate, while keeping them waiting. Dabiri-Erewa, however, appeared about 10 minutes later and went straight to the office of the committee chairman probably to explain herself and offer apologies.