January 30, 2023

NIDCOM, A Strategic Link for Diaspora Engagement and MDAs – Dabiri-Erewa

By Shola Akingboye, 20 Jan.2023

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has stated that the National Diaspora policy is a holistic and integrated document that supports the framework for maximizing the value of Diaspora contributions to National development.

In a lecture delivered at the National Defence College, Abuja, with the theme:
In “Policy Formation and The Implementation of Practical Experience: The National Diaspora Policy 2021 in Perspective”, the NIDCOM Chairman, maintained that it involves the active participation of all stakeholders to decentralize Diaspora contribution to every sector of the economy.

According to her, “Ours in NiDCOM is to guide the Diaspora and link them up with required agencies while ensuring an enabling environment for them to participate fully in National Development.”

According to the statement E-signed by Gabriel Odu Media, of the Public Relations and Protocol Unit, Dabiri-Erewa further shared her practical experience of the formulation and Implementation of the National Diaspora Policy where she raised the challenges and progress of the implementation of the policy to include: Inadequate data on Nigerians in the Diaspora, high cost of remittances, pooling of funds from the Diaspora for targeted Foreign Direct Investments among others.

Part of the progress she stated includes the approval of The Nigeria Diaspora Investment Trust Fund (NDITF) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the establishment of the Diaspora Data Mapping Portal by the commission and others.

Rear Admiral Murtala Mormoni Bashir, the Commandant, of National Defence College, while appreciating the guest lecturer, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa appreciated the quality service she is rendering to the Nation.

“Although the policy is at an infant stage, I can proudly say we are better informed on policy formation and implementation with the practical experience you have just shared.” Bashir acknowledged.

The Commandant urged the participants to make value out of the knowledge shared as it perfectly aligns with the objectives of the Course.

The NDC Course 31 had in attendance 115 Participants With 21 Participants from 20 countries across Africa and Asia.

 

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