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The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd.) has assured the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), of his Ministry’s commitment  towards facilitating the realisation of the mandate of her mandate.

General Magashi said this when the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Honourable Abike
Dabiri- Erewa paid a courtesy call on him at the Headquarters of the Ministry, Ship House Abuja.

He said the efforts of the Commission at bringing back stranded Nigerians in Diaspora under the watch of its CEO Dabiri – Erewa are commendable.

The Defence Minister expressed optimism that robust partnership with the Commission will be a right step in the right direction that will emplace
seamless evacuations of stranded Nigerians abroad.

While buttressing the excellent performance of the Commission in the
fulfilment of its mandate, the Minister referred to her speedy and strategic intervention in the cases involving Nigerians based in South
Africa Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world

In her remarks, Hon. Abike Dabiri – Erewa premised the purpose of the
courtesy call on the defence Minister on the need for the NIDCOM to seek
partnership with the Ministry to explore ways of floating Diaspora
Security platform that will strengthen the already emplaced collation of
digitally collated data of serving military personnel abroad.

The NiDCOM Boss however said building synergy in national defence
architecture using a multi-sectoral approach mechanism will go a long
way in dealing with cross border crimes.

She further intimated the Minister of plans for a proposed Diaspora
Conference on Security.

The Chairman, therefore, solicited the support of the Ministry of Defence to drive the planned activities which she assured will not be a mere talk-shop but a gathering of who is who that are capable of contributing meaningfully to national defence and debate.

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