By Vincess Okushi

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar has expressed optimism that President Bola Tinubu’s four D’ agenda on Development, Democracy, Demography, and Diaspora, will bring modern solutions to address complex challenges for national development.

He disclosed this during a solitary visit paid by the Management and Staff of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission led by the Chairman/CEO Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.  

Amb. Tuggar noted that the time is now for Nigeria to tap into its diaspora global exposure, by leveraging the skills and competence of Nigerians beyond Europe and America for national development.

The Minister further applauds NiDCOM for their exceptional leadership to citizens living outside the country despite the shortest period of establishment. 

Amb. Tuggar also hinted that there is a need for NiDCOM to work in synergy with Global Citizens thereby providing a Help Desk that will be domiciled in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for emergencies.

On her part, the NiDCOM chairman Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa while briefing the newly appointed Minister, said the commission has within 4 years consistently hosted the National Diaspora Day with over 5000 participants annually.

According to her, this milestone has also attracted an inaugural Diaspora Merit Award 2023 among other achievements.

Other strides include:

  1. Developing National Diaspora Policy

  2. Diaspora Data Mapping

  3. National Diaspora Investment Summit (NDIS)

  4. Diaspora Housing Mortgage Scheme

  5. States Diaspora Focal Point Officers Summit

  6. Diaspora Quarterly Lecture

  7. Badagry Door of Return

  8. The Diaspora Weekly TV Show amongst others.

The NiDCOM Boss is optimistic that this collaboration will strengthen Diaspora remittances which stand at 22 billion dollars annually ranging from Diaspora Direct Investments, Diaspora Medical Missions and the establishment of Diaspora Continental Offices.

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