Dabiri-Erewa Congratulates First African Diplomat, Honored By US Congress
Ambassador Amina Smaila
By Olushola Okunlade
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Amb. Amina Smaila, Nigeria’s Consul-General in Atlanta Georgia for her recognition and commendation by the House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, thus making history as the first-ever recognition of an African diplomat in its 247-year history.
In the congratulatory message, Dabiri-Erewa described Smaila as an exceptional and distinguished Nigerian diplomat with deep concerns for fellow citizens.
The NiDCOM boss said she was not surprised about the well-deserved honour done to Smaila going by her pedigree as an outstanding and intelligent public servant with exceptional service in the Nigeria foreign service for over two decades.
She, however, urged her to continue to do more for humanity and serve as an inspiration to others coming behind her as the recognition by the House of Representatives of Georgia was unique and historical.
In Resolution 647 moved by Rep. Okoye,  of the 102nd district, the House resolved to recognise Amb. Amina Smaila “for her efficient, effective, unselfish, and dedicated public service and extend the most sincere best wishes for continued health and happiness.”
At the recognition ceremony in the parliament on Friday, Amb. Amina Smaila and all Nigerian-American State Representatives were in attendance.


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