Leadership (Abuja)

20 May 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Urged to Focus On Professionals Abroad

President Goodluck Jonathan has been tasked to focus more on the Nigerian professionals living in the diaspora as a way to make them support his government in developing the country.

This task came on Saturday from the Director General of BRACED Commission, Ambassador Joe Keshi during the ongoing Annual General Meetings and Convention of the Nigerians In the Diaspora Organisation in America {NIDOA} at Holiday Inn, Virginia, Maryland, USA.

Ambassador Joe Keshi pressed further that the federal government should carry Nigerians living in the diaspora along for them to be able to know the areas where they can help the government to develop the country.

His words: "Nigerians in the diaspora are very important to the economy of Nigeria because the money they often remmit back to Nigeria from their individual base is going a long way for the development of the country"

He also asked the Nigerian government to encourage the Nigerians abroad in order for them to go back home and think on the way they can help the country.

Ambassador Joe Keshi who was a former Consul-General of the Nigerian Consulate in Atlanta warned the Diasporeans to ensure that they do not play politics with the development of Nigeria, stressing that such act would make the organisation lose the original objective of its establishment.

According to him, Nigerians in the diaspora should focus on how they can make impacts in the areas of education, health, agriculture and Information Technology, stressing that they have the capacity and strength.

In his opening speech, the Chairman of the Nigerian In the Diaspora Organisation in America, Mr. Ganiyu Dada, urged the federal government to do everything to ensure that diaspora issues are given a priority.

He continued that Nigerians living in the United States are ready to work together with the federal government in order to move the country forward.

"We will contribute our own quotas in every area where our help is needed by the Jonathan-led government" he noted.

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