The Special Adviser on Diaspora affairs to cross river state Government,Dr.Matthew Okiri Okeyem has called for collaboration with Nigerians in the Diaspora in building key sectors of the nation’s economy.
Dr.Okiri made the call in the office of Hon.Dabiri the Special adviser on diaspora matters to President Buhari.
Dr.Mathew Okiri expressed hope in the ability of Cross riverians and Nigerians abroad to support infrastructural projects in the country.
He said that his office was working toward finalising the projects on Diaspora matters, adding that this would further strengthen their participation in developmental strides.
“Nigeria is our country. It is our duty to do our bit to develop the county. Ayade administration is, therefore, committed to good governance, prosperity and progress of the Diaspora.
“The Ayade administration recognizes the effort of our Diaspora and it is for this reason I charge us all to give priority to Diaspora all over the world as it concerns matters affecting their interest.
“I want to challenge our Diaspora not to see Nigeria from the negative perspective but rather contribute their quota toward developing their states and the country.
He said that the participation of Nigerians living in the Diaspora could not be over emphasised as they gcontributed about 21 billion dollars to the economy yearly.
He charged all relevant stakeholders to give concern and attention to the needs of Nigerians in the Diaspora across the globe.
Okiri also said that the contribution and active involvement of the Diaspora to national development had gained currency and global contribution.
Okiri said Nigeria should take a cue from the Government of China and India, whose citizens in the Diaspora were helping to strengthen their own countries.
He commended the efforts of Nigerians in Diaspora for their huge sacrifices and invaluable contributions to national development.
“ Overtime, the immense contributions and active involvement of the Diaspora in national development have gained currency and global recognition.
“ Many countries such as China and India have made it a deliberate policy to train and build the capacities of their citizens abroad, who are motivated to return home thereafter, in order to contribute to national.
“ Some of these countries are today reaping the benefits of their laudable initiatives.
He also commended the Federal Government for training Nigerians in Diaspora who were now actively engaged to ensure and their skills, expertise and resources were harnessed,he also appreciated the the response of the federal government in the Libya crisis.
Okiri expressed satisfaction in Nigerians who had made commitment to intervene in many developmental projects such as health, youth empowerment, agriculture and education, among others.
He reiterated the determination of the government to continue to offer necessary assistance to the Diaspora in their effort to contribute to national development.
He, however, urged the Diaspora to take advantage of the business opportunities available by investing in the country.