About 200 Nigerian professionals in the diaspora have indicated their readiness to participate in the fifth Nigeria Diaspora Day Conference which is scheduled to begin in Abuja on Monday.
Mr Taye Haruna, a Permanent Secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed this in a briefing about the Federal Government’s preparations for the conference scheduled to hold at the Abuja Transcorp Hilton Hotel. The theme is “Nigeria’s Transformation Agenda – The Diaspora perspective.”
He also said July 25 was declared as Nigeria’s Diaspora day by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a recognition of Nigerians in the diaspora being important stakeholders in the country’s development. He added that the day also serves to celebrate the individual and collective contributions of those in the Diaspora to the growth of various sectors of the economy.
“The Annual Diaspora conference was initiated in 2005 by the Nigerian National Volunteer Service, to create a platform for dialogue, interactions, and collaborations between Nigerians in the diaspora, particularly the experts and professionals and their counterparts at home.
“The Diaspora engagement policy is driven by the need to harness the immense human capital and resources of Nigerians living abroad for the development of the nation,” he said.
Haruna also explained that the Nigerian National Volunteer Service office, which is attached to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is the Department charged with the responsibility to facilitate diaspora mobilization.