The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, has warned all government ministries, agencies, embassies and high commissions as well as Diaspora groups to beware of phoney diaspora groups with apparent sinister and political ulterior motives, parading themselves as authentic diaspora groups.
NIDCOM, in a statement by its Director of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Tuesday, in Abuja mentioned a group, Nigeria Diaspora Forum, NDF, which claimed it had established an office in Abuja for the welfare of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The said Forum, described as an arm of Labour Party, masquerading as a diaspora group was said not to be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.
“We are aware that all registered political parties including the ruling party, APC, PDP, SDP, NNPP and even LP, etc have diaspora chapters and support groups outside the country and do work to promote and champion their party ideals.
“It is equally sinister that an unregistered body with the Corporate Affairs Commission will fraudulently and boldly announce the setting up of an office to oversee the welfare of Nigerians in Diaspora in Abuja.
“This is no doubt an attempt to fraudulently hoodwink unsuspecting members of the public, ministries, departments and agencies, embassies, high commissions as well as state and local governments.
“We hereby advise all government agencies at both the federal and state levels as well as the diplomatic community to always double check with NIDCOM the status of such groups as NIDCOM has a data base of all registered diaspora groups,” he said.
NIDCOM stated that it was using the opportunity to also remind all that states had diaspora focal persons who were readily available to handle issues relating to their diaspora.
“NIDCOM is the only commission mandated by an act of the Parliament to oversee the welfare of Nigerians in the diaspora, in the last four years.
“It has been, and will continue to fulfill its mandate, while also working with genuine Nigerian diaspora groups, associations and individuals,” the commission said.