The federal authorities stated Thursday that Nigerians within the Diaspora have remitted $20 billion in 2021 and $4.8 billion as International Direct Funding (FDI).
This was disclosed by the Director-Common of Nigerians in Diaspora Fee (NiDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on the forty eighth session of the media briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Workforce on the State Home in Abuja.
“Dwelling remittances is 4 occasions our FDI and contributes about 6.1% of our annual GDP. Our Diaspora at the moment are an financial issue for growth which we have now coined a time period Diaspora Direct Funding (DDI),” she stated.
“Nigerians within the diaspora have a big position to play within the growth of Nigeria, now and for years to return. The President Muhammadu Buhari led- Administraion has in current occasions recorded exceptional feats and excellent successes within the core space of her international coverage and worldwide relations.
“These successes may be proven by the caliber of human assets that Nigeria boast of within the diaspora. There was a renewed enthusiasm and admiration being accorded to Nigeria throughout the globe particularly with the current creation of eminent Nigerians heading key international organisations within the international comity of Nations.
“The Nigerian authorities by the Ministry of International Affairs has to date performed a essential position and supplied a lot wanted management to make sure the rights of Nigerians are protected within the numerous nations the place her residents reside.
“Despite the successes recorded to date there are nonetheless pockets of challenges being confronted by Nigerian residents throughout some Nations of the world and particularly in disaster areas that requires the pressing consideration of the federal government,” she stated.
The NiDCOM chairman additionally spoke on the necessity fir Nigerians within the Diaspora to take part within the nation’s electoral course of.
She stated the Nationwide Meeting has not given the wanted cooperation to make sure that Nigerians residing exterior the nation train their franchise.
“We interact with committees on diaspora affairs within the parliament notably for diaspora voting and sadly we didn’t succeed. The Nationwide Meeting remains to be not desirous about diaspora voting however we won’t relent.
“We are going to proceed to interact with them as a result of I imagine that these in diaspora ought to be capable of vote as a result of they’re legally residing in different nations, paying tax there,” she stated.
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