Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM), has that a robust engagement with the diaspora was crucial to Nigeria’s development and growth as no nation can make progress without its Diaspora.
NiDCOM Boss stated this at a press conference in Abuja as part of activities ahead of July 25, 2022, National Diaspora Day celebrations.
She added that voting right, home remittances, investment and all round engagements with Nigerians in the Diaspora and those at home will surely turn around the country’s economic fortunes.
Hon Dabiri-Erewa, futher pushed for more campaigns to get Diaspora voting through in Nigeria as several African countries have successfully engaged in Diaspora voting.
On the theme of the National Diaspora Day Celebration “Diaspora Engagement in Global Challenging Times for National development ”, she said it was an elixir to all the past and recent challenges which have faced the Diaspora; from COVID-19 to Ukraine/Russia crisis, amongst others.
In the same vein, the President, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation UK South, Mrs Susan Waya agreed that Diaspora voting bill should be passed given the humongous amount of dollars sent to the country as remittances.
Mrs. Waya said that in 2018 alone, home remittances from Nigerians in London was recorded at $2.8 billion.
She lauded Hon. Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa for her efforts and vision for Nigerians in the Diaspora and wish her more achievements in the coming years.
This year’s celebration will have the Presidential address to Nigerians in the Diaspora, thematic discussions, goodwill and solidarity messages, showcase of some diaspora projects, talks from diaspora role models, and a special segment, titled: “Home strings”, targeted at second and third generations Diaspora, as part of the line up of activities.
The 2022 National Diaspora Day will be a hybrid event that look at celebrating Nigerians in the Diaspora, networking and facilitating engagement between the Diaspora and public office, government, private and corporate organisations, as well as, other major stakeholders.
Each year, the National Diaspora Day is celebrated by Nigerians globally on July 25.