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NiDCOM: Dabiri-Erewa Appeals For Establishment Of Diaspora Commission By States


The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has appealed to every state to establish a Diaspora Commission.

Dabiri-Erewa’s appeal came on the background of Abia State becoming the first state in the country to set up a Diploma Commission.

A statement on Tuesday signed by Head of Media and Public Relations, NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, while congratulating Abia State for the feat, asked other state to emulate this action.

The NIDCOM boss said Abians have made history with the passage of the bill by the Abia state House of Assembly..

She expressed her appreciation to the Abia Parliamentarians as well as the Diaspora friendly Governor of the state, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.

She equally thanked Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Matters and Special Duties for her diligence and consistency in ensuring the passage of the bill.

She urged other states in the country to emulate Abia state as the commission will provide a veritable platform to tap into the enormous human resources of Abians in diaspora, who, working with Abians at home , would contribute to rapid development of the state.

The bill, H.A.B. 21 tagged: “The Abians in Diaspora Commission Bill, 2020, was sponsored by Hon. Onyekwere Mike Ukoha representing Arochukwu state constituency.

The Abians in Diaspora Commission Law comes into force on Monday, 22nd of March, 2021.

NiDCOM boss, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and NIPC boss, Ms. Yewande Sadiku

In a related development, NIDCOM and Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) have brainstormed on how to boost Diaspora investment for National Development.

Dabiri-Erewa and Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Ms Yewande Sadiku both met in Abuja on Tuesday to further plan on boosting repatriation of fund from Nigerians in Diaspora.

A statement signed by Gabriel Odu of the

Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit of NIDCOM said Dabiri-Erewa, has emphasised the need for collaboration with the NIPC) on Diaspora Investment incentives for National Development .

He said this was the position of the NiDCOM boss at a strategic meeting with the Executive Secretary, NIPC, Ms Yewande Sadiku.

He said Dabiri-Erewa implored NIPC to link their IGuide Nigeria Website with NiDCOM to guide investors on potential investment portfolios domiciled in various states across the country.

Sadiku disclosed that the Commission is launching her mobile application to provide easy access to information and petitions.

She said: “A study funded by the Department For International Development (DFID) to better understand Diaspora investment to Nigeria suggests that; 70% of inflows of diaspora investment are for family support while the 30% bulk goes to real estate development.

According to her, “Nigeria receives more money from its diaspora as much as it does from crude oil, the diaspora remittances are a global booming business if converted to diaspora investment will enhance the gross domestic product”.

She added that Nigerians living in the diaspora are more interested in impact investment but their major challenge is finding the right partners to do business with.

NIPC Executive Secretary urged NiDCOM to collaborate with State Governors to encourage their diasporans in investing to enhance national development.

The two Chief Executives agreed that NiDCOM will be accommodated on NIPC One Stop Investment Centre (E-OSIC) for easy access by investors.


ovu: Wednesday, 24 March 2021 at 3/24/2021 02:42:00 pm


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