By Shola Akingboye 1st July 2020
The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has promised to make good her desire to attract Foreign Direct Investment into the Country by strongly engaging Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The NIDCOM Boss stated this when she received the Anambra state Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism Hon. Christian Madubuko in Abuja, according to a statement signed by Gabriel Odu of the Media and Public Relations department, NIDCOM.
Hon Dabiri-Erewa maintains that Anambra State is blessed with a lot of tourism potentials that the Diaspora Community can tap into. The NIDCOM Boss said the Commission has a lot of activities that will be of interest to Anambra State. For instance, the Annual Badagry Festival: Door of Return, which provides a Spiritual, cultural, social, economic and political reconnection process. She urged the delegation to open up its doors for Diaspora investment into the State.
The Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, commended the State Governor for being the first to appoint a Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs.The NIDCOM Boss also informed the delegation that about 34 States out of 36 and Abuja have appointed Diaspora State Focal Point Officers as FRONTLINERS as they engage with Nigerians in Diaspora from their respective states.
In the same vein, the Anambra State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and tourism Dr. Christian Madubuko said the purpose of the visit is to strategize on how they can work together and improve Tourism in Anambra State. He said Anambra State has a lot of tourist attractions like the unique Waterfall, the Ogbunike Cave and lots more which are very significant but needs to be developed to International standards.
The Diaspora Affairs Commissioner believes that collaborating with NIDCOM is a sure way to maximizing an investment portfolio for the State and Nigeria. Dr Madubuko also disclosed that through NIDCOM, Anambra state is working with her citizens in the Diaspora to help in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Dr. Christian Madubuko also agreed to work on the issue of data massaging (mapping) for accurate and reliable figures of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The NIDCOM Boss urged the Diaspora Affairs Commissioner to always interface with Nigerians abroad to be good Ambassadors of their Country, Nigeria.