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Senate confirms Nigerian Diaspora Commission’s chairman

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Abike Dabiri-Erewa as the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian citizens in Diaspora Commission.

The letter seeking confirmation of her appointment was sent to the Senate in November 2018.

Ms Dabiri-Erewa, currently the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, has now become the first head of the Commission.

She was a member of the House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency in Lagos from 2003 to 2015.

While she was at the House of Representatives, Ms Dabiri-Erewa chaired the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs. She also sponsored the bill seeking the establishment of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission.

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Nigerian Diaspora Germany elects new executive body

The German chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has elected a new executive committee. The election was part of the body’s annual general meeting, which took place on Saturday, 22 June in the city of Dortmund.

Dr RosaLyn Dressmann was elected to lead the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Germany (NIDOG) as President for the next two years at the event. She had been acting in the position since the death of Kenneth Alaekwe in February 2018 after a brief but serious illness.

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2019 Diaspora Day talk

The Nigerians in Diaspora under the umbrella of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), has collaborated since inception with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to organize annually the Nigerian Diaspora Day conference, officially recognized day for the Nigerian Diaspora. During these annual conferences, the Diaspora has presented projects and solutions to help the Nigerian economy, improve healthcare, engage in ICT, youth empowerment training, conduct medical missions, etc.

This year is no different. We will not only consolidate on these programs but NIDO and other Diaspora professional groups are poised to presenting practical proposals that key into the federal government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP). The BUSINESSDAY special report of 10 June 2019, summarizes the crucial role of the Diaspora in sustaining the Nigerian economy. According to data provided by the Central Bank, Diaspora remittances (cash sent back home by Nigerian emigrants) first outpaced oil revenue in 2015, as the $21.2 billion sent home officially by Nigerians abroad surpassed the $19.6 billion oil export proceeds for those twelve months.

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Our fabrics of tomorrow


The emergence of many Starts-Ups, small and medium-sized enterprises specifically in traditional textile industry in Nigeria will play a vital role in the economic regeneration and evolution of Nigeria. Numerous textiles have come and gone out of fashion but our indigenous textiles which is an integral part of our culture remains “our fabrics of tomorrow”.

We are inviting entrepreneurs, investors, producers, promoters, financial institutions and exporters from Nigeria and Diaspora to be part of Dublin unique experience on “our fabric of tomorrow”. To Nigerians back home, this conference promotes exports of Nigerian traditional textile.

Special highlight of the event will be the launching and official signing of the $1Trillion Infrastructure Capital concession deal under a special guarantee arrangement to fund key infrastructure across Nigeria, which is in line with the Federal Government ERGP.

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