BY OKEY NDIRIBE
The Federal Government has said that Nigerians in Diaspora remitted a total of sum of $18 billion in 2009 alone. This was disclosed in Abuja, Monday, by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Prof. Mrs Viola Onwuliri while delivering her speech at the fifth Diaspora Day Conference which was organized by the Secretary to Government of the Federation Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
She further stated that the conference was taking place at a historic period in the country given the background of last April’s general elections which has been internationally adjudged to be credible.
In his own speech at the occasion which was delivered earlier, the Vice-President Arc. Namadi Sambo stated that the present administration in the country had an agenda to build and transform the Nigerian society in line with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him: “As an administration that is committed to the transformation of our country, we have as part of our agenda a commitment to build an all-inclusive society where all Nigerians at home and abroad would work together to achieve our development goals”.
He further stated that the Federal Government recognized that Nigerians in Diaspora had become a catalyst for development adding that Nigerians living outside the country had become a force which should be recognized in the development of the homeland.
Said he: “We recognize you as important stake-holders in the Nigerian Project . We appreciate the role of those of you who are already contributing to the development of our society in various sectors. As a government we are committed to removing all the encumbrances to the development of our society in various sectors”.
He thanked Nigerians in Diaspora who had already contributed to the nation’s health sector through the humanitarian services they have rendered.