Ondo Assembly promises support for JIFORM on diaspora matters

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The Ondo House of Assembly, has promised rally support from its peers in the Southwest region, for on diaspora issues.

Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun, Speaker of the house, gave this promise when he received the Journalists International Forum for Migration (JIFORM) on Wednesday, in Akure.

In a statement in Abuja by Mr Ajibola Abayomi, President of JIFORM , Oleyelogun, said the assembly was ready identify with any programme that would facilitate capacity building for colleagues.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that JIFORM, on July 4, invited participants its third global migration summit, slated for Niagara Falls, Canada, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6.

Oleyelogun directed the house Committee on Diaspora Matters, report to him on the proposal for the summit, saying that the event would be accorded the priority it deserved.

Responding, the JIFORM president, stated that the 2021 global summit being organised by the body, would improve the capacity of legislators and other professionals in Nigeria, on migration matters.

Abayomi said that JIFORM which comprised of over 300 journalists, covering migration issues across the continent, was ready address migration matters at all costs.

Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) Ekiti Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Mr Femi Odere, solicited support of the speaker on diaspora issues.

Odere, who also doubled as the Spokesman for Southwest Diaspora Focal Point Officers, informed the lawmakers of the resolutions that came out of the earlier summit.

He said there was need find solutions to challenges that could mitigate development of the Southwest.

NAN gathered that the speaker was the Chairman, conference of Southwest Speakers of States Assemblies for the programmes of diaspora focal point officers in the region.

NAN reports that the visit came on the heels of a 2-day regional summit of the southwest diaspora focal point officers, held in Ado Ekiti from June 28-29 with the theme; “Harnessing Southwest Diaspora Remittances for Regional Development.”

Present at the meeting were, Mr Tomide Akinribido, Chairman of the States House Committee on International Relations and Diaspora Affairs, Mr Favour Tomomewo, member, house committee and Chairman of house committee on Women Affairs; and Yemi Akintomide, member of JIFORM in Ondo state.