NIDCOM Boss makes case for diaspora votin

‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja

DAILY COURIER – As over 17 million diasporans prepares for this year’s National Diaspora Day Celebrations with, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa has harped on the urgency of diaspora voting.

She observe that giving diasporans constitutional right to vote will further boost the country’s economic fortunes, reads a statement signed by Gabriel Odu, media, public relations and protocols unit of NIDCOM.

Dabiri-Erewa according to the statement at a Press Conference in Abuja as part of activities ahead of July 25, 2022, National Diaspora day celebrations stated that a robust engagement with the diaspora is crucial to Nigeria’s development and growth as no nation can make progress without its Diaspora.

She added that voting right, home remittances, investment and all round
engagements with Nigerians in the Diaspora and those at home will surely
turn around the country’s economic fortunes.

Dabiri-Erewa, pushed further for more campaigns to get Diaspora voting through in Nigeria, as countries like Ghana, Namibia, Cape Verde and even Niger Republic are among some African countries engaged in
Diaspora voting.

The theme of this year’s Diaspora Day is: “Diaspora Engagement in Global Challenges Times for National Development.”

“On the theme of the of celebrations, she said it is an elixir to all the past and recent challenges which have faced the Diaspora; from COVID-19 to Ukraine/Russia crisis, amongst others.

“In the same vein, the President, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation UK South (London), Mrs Susan Waya agreed that Diaspora voting bill should be passed given the humongous amount of dollars sent to the country as remittances.

“Mrs. Waya said that in 2018 alone, home remittances from Nigerians in London was recorded at $2.8 billion dollars.

“She lauded Hon. Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa for her efforts and vision for Nigerians in the Diaspora and wish her more achievements in the coming years.

“This year’s celebration will have the Presidential address to over 17million Nigerians in the Diaspora, 0thematic discussions, goodwill and solidarity messages, Special Projects, Investment projects by diaspora, talks from diaspora Role models, and a special segment,
titled: “Home strings”, targeted at second and third generations of diaspora, as the line up of activities.

“It is guaranteed that the forthcoming National Diaspora Day is coming back better than ever” the statement reads.

The 2022 National Diaspora Day will be a hybrid event that looks at celebrating Nigerians in the Diaspora, networking and facilitating engagement between the Diaspora and public office, government, private and corporate organisations, as well as, other major stakeholders.

The National Diaspora Day is celebrated by Nigerians globally on July 25.