By Ozolua Uhakheme
The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has promised to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by engaging Nigerians in the Diaspora.
She stated this when she received the Anambra State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Christian Madubuko, in Abuja.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa maintained that the state was blessed with tourism potential that the Diasporan Community could tap into.
She said the commission had a lot of activities that would be of interest to the state, such as the yearly Badagry Festival, Door of return, which provides a spiritual, cultural, social, economic and political reconnection process.
She urged the delegation to open its doors for Diasporan investments into the state, commending te Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for being the first to appoint a Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa also informed the delegation that about 34 states of 36 and Abuja have appointed Diaspora State Focal Point Officers as frontliners as they engage with Nigerians in Diaspora from their states.
Madubuko said the purpose of the visit was to strategise on how they could work together and improve tourism in the state.
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He said Anambra has many tourist attractions like the unique Waterfall and the Ogbunike Cave, which are significant but needed to be developed to international standards.
The Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism believes that collaborating with NIDCOM is a sure way to maximising investment portfolio for the state and Nigeria.
Madubuko also said through NIDCOM, the state would work with her citizens in the Diaspora to help in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa and Madubuko agreed to work on the issue of data massaging (mapping) for accurate and reliable figures of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
She urged him to interface with Nigerians abroad to be good ambassadors of their country.