By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
Abuja—Indications have emerged that Nigerians in the Diaspora will contribute at least $3 trillion into the nation’s economy with the proposed Diaspora Commission taking off in the country.
This indication was given by an advocate of the Diaspora Commission and a member of the National Conference , Chief Temitope Ajayi in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja.
Mrs. Ajayi, who lives and works in the United States of America, said that the 30 million Nigerians in the Diaspora were keen on building and deploying their resources into one million homes in Nigerian in conjunction with the Federal Mortgage Bank in the first phase of their contributions to the country.
Ajayi, who is popularly known as Mama Diaspora, explained that the interest of the group in focussing on housing stemmed from the shortage of decent accommodation for Nigerians in major cities and rural areas of Nigeria.
Mrs. Ajayi boasted that Nigerians in the Diaspora were very excited about the passage of the bill establishing the Diaspora Commission by the Senate barely three months after the House of Representatives had given its nod to the bill.
Ajayi said: “The Diaspora Commission will also afford Nigerians living outside the country the opportunity to contribute more of their quota towards nation building and investing in Nigeria’s economic development.
“We, in the Diaspora, are very excited about the development and I want to assure Nigerians that we will work with the government of President Muhammed Buhari, PMB, to ensure its success by pooling our resources to work for this country in a way that has never been done before.”
She, however, advised PMB to appoint credible members of the Diaspora into the commission to ensure its success.
It will be recalled that the bill establishing the Diaspora Commission was among the 46 bills recently passed by the 7th Senate before it wound down its activities for the session.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to assent to the bill to give legality to it.