Budget Defence: Reps Demand NIDCOM Chairman's Apology Over Absence

Members of the House of Representatives have demanded an unreserved apology from Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, over failure to appear for budget defence.

NIDCOM had been scheduled to appear before the House Committee on Diaspora Matters to defend its 2021 budget estimate, however as 12.17pm on Tuesday when the Committee adjourned, the Chairman of the Commission, Abike Dabiri Erewa was yet to arrive at the meeting venue.

Staff of the Commission were reportedly seen frantically trying to get the NIDCOM boss who was said to have gone to the Senate and hurry down for the meeting.

Angry members of the Committee expressed disappointment over the absence of the NIDCOM Chairman saying she must apologize to the committee before a new date will 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 the type to be kept waiting when she had been duly informed of the timing for the meeting, but chose to go to the Senate, while keeping them waiting.

The NIDCOM Boss however appeared about 10 minutes later and went straight to the office of the Committee Chairman probably to explain herself and offer apologies.

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