By Nnamdi Ojiego
LAGOS – The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, NIDO, has revealed that it pays over N9 billion annually into the Nigerian economy.
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in the Americans, NIDO-A, Mr Victor Ugoh, said this yesterday, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Vanguard newspapers, Lagos.
Said he: “It is a known fact that we remit over N9 billion every year into Nigeria from the diaspora,” saying this was part of their efforts to assist the government in improving the quality of lives of Nigerians.
Ugoh said he came to Vanguard to thank thenewspaper for its factual reportage and to brief it on the activities and programmes of NIDO towards improving the lives of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
According to him, NIDO is making its impacts felt in every sector of the economy, as they have provided a platform for Nigerians abroad to come home and contribute to the growth of the country’s economy. He said the contributions of people like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Prof Bath Nnaji, among others were shining examples.
Speaking further, he said it was his organisation’s concern to bring lasting solutions to the power problem and as such, they were organising a conference on energy, where all the stakeholders including the government would discuss the best solution to the power problem in the country.
He also disclosed that they were bringing some of their medical professional members as well as their foreign friends to Nigeria to give free and quality medicare to the people.
In addition, he disclosed that they were working on a project called “The Diaspora Hospital.” The purpose of the hospital, according to the Vice Chairman, was to provide a world class health care facilities where every Nigerian irrespective of tribe, religion, or social status will have access to quality health services.
Speaking on election matters, Mr Ugoh explained that NIDO as non political organisation does not support any political party or political aspirant but will always work with any government in power to move the country forward.
He stated that they were partnering with relevant agencies like Jimmy Carter Foundation to monitor the next month general elections.