You Can’t Stop Migration, But Can Be Managed for Economic Gains – Dabiri Erewa

By Shola Akingboye 20th January, 2021

Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Wednesday in Abuja described migration as a natural phenomenon that cannot be stopped.

Dabiri-Erewa made this assertion at a Lecture she delivered on:
“Migration, Diaspora and Africa’s Development at the National Defence
College for Participants of Course 29 in Abuja, according to a statement by Gabriel Odu of the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NIDCOM.

The NIDCOM Boss maintained that the Diaspora Phenomena is the product of
legitimate migration, hence the need for regular(legal) migration as
opposed to irregular(illegal) migration says, migration must be encouraged, for positive impact on the migrant , the country of origin and the host country.

She further stated that Nigeria is now experiencing the feminisation of
migration, a situation where more women are getting involved than men in
labour migration.

She said that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is in high level
talks with countries especially in Europe to mainstream migration issues
for a win win situation for both destination and departure countries.

The NIDCOM Boss stated that key drivers of migration include: security,
economic, environmental, socio- political and other pull and push
factors.

On Nigeria Diaspora Population, Dabiri-Erewa said that an estimated 17
million Nigerians are scattered all over the world accomplishing
excellent feats in medicine, Health, high tech, education, economy and
many others both to their host countries and country of origin.

“In 2019 alone, Nigerians in Diaspora remitted about $25billion dollars
to shore up the economy.”

She added that the Commission is ever ready to act as a bridge between
Nigeria and its Diasporas to harness the abundant human capital, skills
and talents to build a formidable nation.

She gave assurances that the Commission has its contact Desks in
international and governmental agencies to liaise and speed up
intervention processes.

Meanwhile, the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral
Makanju Mackson Kadiri, Gss, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the wisdom in establishing the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission,
NIDCOM, to cater for the needs of millions of Nigerians in the
Diaspora.

The Commandant and participants also commended the NIDCOM Boss for her
passion, dedication and commitment to duty and promised that the National Defence College will always be one of the frontier supporters of the Commission and its objectives.

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