May 26, 2022

IOM Chief Applauds NiDCOM’S Diaspora Engagements

By Shola Akingboye, Abuja, April 25, 2022

The out-going  Chief of MissionInternational Organisation for Migration (IOM), Mr Frantz Celestin, has said that the Nigerians in Diaspora
Commission (NIDCOM), under the Chairmanship of Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa is at the forefront of its engagements with the Nigerian Diaspora Community globally.

The IOM Chief made this known during a solidarity visit to his office by the leadership of NiDCOM in Abuja, led by Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who was represented by the Secretary to the Commission, Engr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi.

According to a statement by the Commission, Celestin maintains that Nigeria is a worthy country with the best African Diaspora globally. He added that Nigerian immigrants in the United States alone have more Ph.D degree holders than anywhere else.

According to him, “IOM is committed to pushing this frontally and encouraging them coming back home to push development”.

The IOM Chief of Mission believes that after good years in Nigeria, he is ably qualified to tell the Nigerian story of strength and resilience in achieving target goals.

Earlier, Engr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi, Secretary to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) commended the IOM Chief for his exemplary leadership in helping NIDCOM take off immediately after its establishment with the publication of the National Diaspora Policy, which make Nigeria the first to engage its Diaspora; training of foundation staff and honouring all NIDCOM activities and engagements.

Bassi added that the IOM Chief has helped NIDCOM become a reference Agency at continental and global levels with countries like Ethiopia, Tanzania,
Namibia and Turkey, embarking on a study tour of NIDCOM as a model.

The IOM Chief, Mr Frantz Celestin will be leaving Nigeria for Somalia after spending six years for further assignments.


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