The Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada says the establishment of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM) by the present administration has clearly shown the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the cause of millions of Nigerians in Diaspora.
He stated this in an interview granted to the NiDCOM Media team led by Gabriel Odu as part of the activities to mark one year anniversary of the agency in Abuja.
Ambassador Dada said the agency had come out with so much waves that people begin to wonder if it has not existed for more than one year.
The Minister who went down memory lane, recalled that before the establishment of NiDCOM, Nigerians in diaspora coordinated their activities through the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, NIDO, a non governmental organisation and other several diaspora organisations all around the globe.
He noted that with the coming of NiDCOM, government has given those in diaspora a great sense of belonging.
Ambassador Dada said with an estimated population of over seventeen million Nigerians in diaspora and estimated remittances of over twenty two billion dollars annually, Nigerians in diaspora no doubt have the capacity of improving the nation’s economy if properly harness.
He commended NiDCOM for recently organising a States Diaspora Focal Point Officers Summit in Abuja where twenty seven states keyed into the program and appointed their own Focal Persons who will liaise with the agency to champion the cause of millions of Nigerians abroad.