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Nigeria’s Foreign affairs Minister, Tuggar set to achieve President Tinubu’s 4Ds

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By Anthony Maliki, Abuja

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar says President 
Bola Tinubu’s four agenda of Development, Democracy, Demography,
and Diaspora, will be pursued unrelentlessly by bringing modern solutions to address complex challenges for national development.

The Minster stated this when the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora
Commission Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa led the Management and Staff of NiDCOM on a solidary visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

This was contained in a statement by Gabriel Odu, Media, Public relations and Protocol Unit of NiDCOM.

Ambassador Tuggar noted that Nigeria should tap into its diaspora beyond
Europe and America and also focus on Africa Diasporas to utilize its
global exposure, skills and competences for national development.

Commending NiDCOM for performing excellently well within the short
period of four years of its establishment, Ambassador Tuggar stated that some
of NiDCOM’s programmes especially the National Diaspora Day is worthy of
emulation while noting that the world has tuned into Nigerian heritage
and there is a yarning for Nigerian culture out there, hence the need to
navigate Nigeria’s soft power to advantage.

The Minister maintains that NiDCOM can synegize with the Global Citizens
Help Desk domiciled in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs incase of
emergencies for diaspora Nigerians.

Breifing the newly appointed Minister, Hon. Dabiri-Erewa stated that within 4 years, NiDCOM has consistently hosted the National Diaspora Day attracting over 5000 hybrid participants annually including
an inaugural Diaspora Merit Award 2023.

Other strides include: Developing National Diaspora Policy, Diaspora Data Mapping, National Diaspora Investment Summit (NDIS), Diaspora Housing Mortgage Scheme, States Diaspora Focal Point Officers Summit, Diaspora Quarterly Lecture, Badagry Door of Return and the Diaspora Weekly TV Show amongst others.

The NiDCOM boss therefore prayed for robust collaboration with strategic
ministries and agencies to upscale Diaspora remittances, currently
$22billion annually, Diaspora Direct Investments, Diaspora Medical
Missions and the establishment of Diaspora Continental Offices.

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