The Federal Government has acknowledged that financial remittances accruing from Nigerians in Diaspora to boost the local economy was in the average of $21billion in the last one year. These funds represent foreign currencies, which Nigerians in the Diaspora send to Nigeria to support family livelihood and by extension, helping to stimulate the economy.
This development has prompted the Federal Government’s recent approval for waivers for drugs, roofing sheets, and other items imported into the country by Nigerians in Diaspora to aid Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), for youth empowerment as well as assisting enterprises.
Government has also insisted that henceforth, it will only collaborate with Nigerians in Diaspora especially those coming with solutions and are ready to contribute to national development, rather than those that talk down on Nigeria.
He said, “this year’s conference will take a complete departure from our past experiences, when our nationals, come home, only to highlight the challenges that confront our nation. The government and citizens of Nigeria at home are not ignorant of challenges as a nation. What our nation requires are solutions to specific problems. This year’s conference, in essence, will focus on obtaining firm commitments from Nigerians in the Diaspora, directed at solving some of our national challenges.
“This administration is ready to partner with Nigerians in Diaspora on how they can assist Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East Region; on how through medical interventions they can improve healthcare delivery across the country and on how they can assist government in youth empowerment and employment generation.
It was the President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration (1999-2007) that established the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) as an umbrella organisation, identified by government to represent the interests of Nigerian professionals overseas, and indeed, interests of all Nigerians in the Diaspora. This is in recognition of the immense contributions that these Nigerians make to national developments; and to encourage them even to do more.