Abike Dabiri-Erewa

The Federal Government has said that Nigerians in the Diaspora have been remitting about $22 billion to their home country annually.

Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this when the Rwanda High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Stanislas Kamazi, paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja.

She said that beyond remittances, Nigerians living abroad have also indicated interest to vote in elections and efforts were being made to achieving that through an appropriate legislation.

She however said Diaspora voting would not be feasible in 2019.

Dabiri-Erewa said that the Federal Government has put in place necessary structures to ensure that Nigerians in the Diaspora invested the huge resources at their disposal in the country.

She said that the government was making investment environment conducive for Nigerians in the Diaspora because of the interest they had shown in investing in the country.

“Government is also working on a data of those that have returned; a lot of them are going into farming and they are not regretting in investing in their country. So government is making sure that the Diaspora invest in their country to bring in their wealth of their experience and resources to develop the country. We want to ensure that the Diaspora be the best as they always be,” she said.

She said that beyond the remittances, Nigerians living abroad also want to vote and efforts were being made to achieving that through an appropriate legislation. She however said Diaspora voting would not be feasible in 2019.

The Rwandan High Commissioner said that there were a lot of lessons to learn from Rwanda Diaspora policy which has been in operation for some years. The Rwandan government, he said, had created a platform for the Diaspora to be relevant and enjoy the same right as other citizens of the country.

“Apart from this, there is the personal contact as a matter of fact every year in Rwanda we hold constitutional meeting for strategy to develop the sub-sector.

“The president of Rwanda has always been part of Rwanda Day in any part of the world bringing all Rwandans together and gets to interact with the dynamic of the country

“This forum formation led to the emergence of strategic investment that wants to be implemented in Rwanda and which triggers members of the Diaspora and also investor or economic operators in their host country.”

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