National Diaspora Day holds tomorrow

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The 2019 edition of the National Diaspora Day will hold tomorrow 25 July 2019. The day declared Diaspora Day by the federal government is in recognition of the contributions of Nigerians in the Diaspora to national development and to celebrate the Diasporas who have achieved feats in various fields of endeavor.

The event which would be marked by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in collaboration with the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO), the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) and the Nigerians in Diaspora Alumni Network (NiDAN) will also serve as a forum to review areas requiring improvement, encourage interaction and dialogue on matters relating to the Diaspora.

The 2019 National Diaspora Day celebrations with the Theme: “The Power of the Nigerian Diaspora for National Development”, will hold in Abuja.

According to Abdur-Rahman Balogun, The Media Coordinator of National Diaspora Day 2019, the Co-Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Engr Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi said that the Nigeria Diaspora Day 2019 will start with the arrival of delegates, accreditation and registration on July 24, while the formal opening and technical sessions will hold on July 25 at the PTDF conference Hall.

Speakers slated for the conference include Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Amb. Mustapha Suleiman, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, Prof Manny Aniebonam Chairman AfriHUB Nig Ltd, Prof Hakeem Tijani of NOUN, Hon. Kenneth Gbandi of NIDO, Prof Grace Adeyeye DG NAFDAC, Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo Managing Director, Fidelity Bank Plc, among others.

Bassi said, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, will declare the Diaspora Day open, which has sub-themes as “Integrating the Diaspora into the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP)’’ and “The Nigerian Diaspora: Returning to Serve’’.

Speaking on others invited to grace the occasion, the Co-Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Dr. Abdullahi Dauda said Corporate Bodies, relevant Ministries, some State Governors and Investors both within and outside the country are being expected.

Dauda said that this year’s Diaspora Day will focus on five major areas:  Oil and Gas, Education, Health, Agriculture and Power.

“Already, registration portal had been opened in the last one month for members in the Diaspora to register and the feedback thus far, is wonderful,” Dauda said.

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