Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

FG partners with states to harness Diaspora resources

As part of efforts to achieve the mandate of her office, the Chairman and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called for partnership of the 36 state governments and the FCT in harnessing human capital and material resources of Nigerians in Diaspora as a way to boost socio-economic, cultural and political development of the country.

She made the call during the inaugural summit for State Focal Point officers on Diaspora Affairs in Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa emphasized that states are indispensable stakeholders in helping the Commission actualize its key mandate of harnessing diaspora resources, skills and talents to complement development efforts of various levels of government, and the private sector.

"It is against this background that this interaction is convened to empower and familiarize you, state focal persons with the mandate of the commission, and also provide you the needed impetus for a sound take-off in your various states. Most of the health related projects that came from the diaspora for instance are sited in states, e.g. Imo state. So also health outreaches, organised by the diaspora, benefit specific communities in states or local governments.

"Similarly, academic programs from the diaspora benefit institutions of learning in states. And when they build schools, they are sited in states or local governments.

"Your role in the actualisation of the mandate of the commission to a large extent, is indispensable. In other words, if Nigeria is to succeed in harnessing the rich, vital and critical resources of the diaspora for nation building, the states are the engine room which you represent. It is also right to say that the states are the major stakeholders in terms of execution and benefits" she said.

In his remarks, secretary of the commission, Engr. Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, said Diaspora Focal Point Officers would liaise with the NIDCOM and Nigerians in the Diaspora to facilitate the actualization of the mandate in the Act establishing the Commission.



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