Africa: 15 million Nigerians in Diaspora — Dabiri-Erewa

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The Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Thursday announced that there were currently about 15 million Nigerians in various parts of the world.

Dabiri-Erewa made the announcement at the Island Club, Lagos, in a lecture entitled: “Nigerians in The Diaspora: Strengths and Challenges in Pursuit of National Development’’

The Senior Special Assistant said that Nigerians living in the different countries of world were not all completely bad, but many of them were doing “excellently well’’ in their professions.

“We have found out that there are currently about 15 million Nigerians in the Diaspora. “We have Nigerians in different parts of the world. Although, we have the good, the bad and the ugly, Nigeria has proud stories to share of many of her Diaspora nationals. “Let us always celebrate the good things that many of our globally celebrated Nigerians in the Diaspora are doing today,’’ she said. Dabiri-Erewa said that the Federal Government was working at engaging Nigerians in the Diaspora in contributing to the socio-economic transformation of the country.

She also said that the government was looking at the possibility, under the presidential initiative for excellence, to make Nigerian medical doctors abroad, to come home during their vacations, to enhance national healthcare delivery. The senior special assistant said that the establishment of a Commission for Nigerians in the Diaspora, would help government the harness the potential of Nigerians living outside the country. “We are also looking at the possibility of having a Commission for Nigerians in the Diaspora.

“We need an institution to deal with Nigerians in the Diaspora, otherwise, we will just be paying lip service to issues concerning such Nigerians,’’ she said. Dabiri-Erewa said that the government was also working on a system that would sensitise young Nigerians aspiring to travel abroad on possibilities and challenges in such countries. Amb. Segun Akinsanya, the Dean of The Diplomatic Corner, one of the conveners of the Lecture, said that the event was organised to stimulate public interest and reactions to the welfare of Nigerians abroad.

Akinsanya described Dabiri-Erewa as an accomplished journalist and broadcaster, and a voice for the voiceless. The lecture brought together former Nigerian Ambassadors to various countries of the world, who used the opportunity to ask Dabiri-Erewa pertinent questions on Nigeria’s foreign policy and the welfare of Nigerians abroad. The well-attended lecture was jointly organised by the Diplomatic Corner and the Centre Table Group of the Island Club, a premier elite club in Lagos.
Source: vanguardngr.com

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  • yahaya ndu

    PRESS RELEASE

    INCLUDE PROVISION AND BUDGET FOR DIASPORA VOTING ON THE BUDGET FOR THE 2019 ELECTIONS.

    We most respectfully remind the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to kindly ensure that provision is expressly made and forms part of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC budget being discussed presently for the upcoming 2019 general elections of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    As you are no doubt aware, a properly constituted court in Nigeria in 2007 had expressly held in a judgement that Nigerians in the Diaspora should be allowed and accommodated to vote and be voted for in the nation’s elections.

    A full eleven years and two general elections after that judicial declaration Nigerians in the Diaspora are still disenfranchised.

    Democracy must be predicted on the Rule of Law and the present National Assembly in line with its avowed commitment to the observance of the Rule should ensure that the Nigerian Diaspora are expressly accommodated in the provisions and budget for the upcoming 2019 general elections

    Fortunately, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC as presently constituted has always spoken out on the need to provide for and allow and accommodate Diaspora voting and here is an opportunity to demonstrate it’s genuine commitment to this noble goal.

    Incidentally about 21 African countries and over a hundred and fifty other nations in the globe allow and made provisions for their own Diaspora voting.

    Nigerian Diaspora in 2017 remitted over $27b to their father land Nigeria and it is unfathomable that over 30million citizens of our countrymen and women most of whom are Distinguished professionals in all areas of human endeavour are most unpatriotically shut out of the election polity under a democracy

    We therefore trust that the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will ensure that the Nigerian Diaspora are allowed and accommodated to vote and be voted for in the upcoming 2019 general elections.

    Thank you

    Alhaji Yahaya Ndu

    President

    Peoples Movement for a New Nigeria PMNN

    08035871661

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