By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
Nigerians abroad have been identified as the biggest investors into the country’s economy, which is seen as one of the fastest growing in Africa.
The chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this at the just concluded Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit in London where she urged the Nigerian government to ensure that Nigerians abroad are given the necessary support needed to have a smooth inter-business transactions in their various countries of abode.
According to the lawmaker, “Nigerians living abroad may have turned out to be the biggest investors in the country, and I urged the government to provide them with the enabling premise, through engaging and embracing them for a better Nigeria economy.”
Also disclosing that a Diaspora Commission would be established before the end of 2013, to add up to the proposed compilation of a database of Nigerians abroad for appropriate Diaspora vote in the year 2015, the lawmaker urged all responsible Nigeria authorities to join hands in efforts to achieving a prosperous Nigeria, with the best economy in Africa.
In a similar development, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has lauded the contributions of Nigerians abroad to national development, saying, “ Remittances of over $21 billion in the last one year, appears the highest so far in Africa.
Anyim further stated that, “ Nigerians in Diaspora are excelling in their various fields of human endeavours abroad and have continued to enormously contribute to national development, particularly in the educational and health sectors.
Adding that, “Nigerians abroad have donated educational materials such as books and computers; medical equipment and drugs, in addition to funding many free medical missions to many communities in Nigeria. These they do, through groups such as ‘Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas’ Anambra State Association (ASA); Women and Calvary Torch International, etc.”