Diaspora

Nigeria: Remittances to be paid out only in Naira

Following the directive of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) barring international money transfer operators (IMTOs) from paying Nigerians in foreing currencies, Nigerians abroad will no longer be able to send dollars or any foreing currency into bank accounts in the country. IMTOs have therefore removed the options of sending dollars or other foreign currencies to Nigeria on their websites …

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Nigerians abroad to get passport easily from March — Minister

Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Nigeria’s Minister of the Interior, has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian government towards delivering a seamless and efficient passport experience for Nigerians, both within the country and in the diaspora. According to him, this was the directive from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to him and other cabinet members towards attainment of the ‘renewed hope’ agenda for …

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Nigeria: NIMC to launch app for Diaspora registration in February

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has finalised plans to launch a self-service application system next month. The commission said the new system would allow Nigerians in the diaspora to seamlessly enrol for their National Identity Number (NIN), a set of eleven digits assigned to Nigerians of all ages and legal residents by the Nigerian government and issued and managed …

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Nigerians abroad warned to beware of shady companies

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has sent out a warning to Nigerians living abroad to be wary of some companies canvassing for business dealings with them. An advisory message issued in Abuja by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Director of Media and Public Relations of the Commission, on Tuesday pointed to a group, Optiva Capital Partners Limited, which claims that it’s targeting …

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Ghana launches new policy on diaspora engagement

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has officially launched a policy on how the country would engage its citizens living across the globe in national development efforts in their homeland. The Diaspora Engagement Policy was unveiled at a ceremony on Wednesday in Accra. Highlighting the significance of the Ghanaian diaspora, estimated to be between 1.5 and 3 million citizens …

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Nigeria launches mortgage scheme for citizens in diaspora at low interest rate

The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched the Diaspora Housing Scheme that enables Nigerians outside the country to access up to N50 million in mortgage loans, repayable over a period of 10 years at an interest rate of 6.9%. The scheme, facilitated by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), is to promote an active involvement of Nigerians living abroad in …

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Marcus Garvey’s son visits Nigeria in symbolic act of return

Dr Julius Garvey, son of the legendary Jamaican-born Pan-African activist Marcus Garvey, attended this year’s Badagry Door of Return Festival, which took place from 19 to 21 October. The annual event, which holds in the town of Badagry, remembers the slave trade that led to the forcible migration of millions of Africans and seeks to reconnect the Black diaspora with …

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Tribute to Nigeria’s Diaspora Amazon

Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa/Photo: NIDCOM The Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa, recently clocked 61. Rosemary Moribirin pays tribute to a woman who through her work has significantly raised the profile of Nigerians living in the diaspora in their homeland ——- In the grand tapestry of life, we gather to celebrate a luminous figure in Nigeria’s …

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How the diaspora can strengthen Nigeria’s education sector

Young and not-so-young Nigerians are leaving the country in droves. And the emigrants are educated citizens who possess the knowledge and skills that their homeland needs for its development. How can we turn this brain drain to brain gain? US-based Oluwatoyin Ajilore-Chukwuemeka, scholar and social entrepreneur specialising on the convergence of education, entrepreneurship, policy and development, proposes ways Nigeria can …

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Nigeria: Appoint citizens living abroad into government — Alistair Soyode

A former chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE), Dr Alistair Soyode, has called for the appointment of qualified Nigerians living abroad into government positions in their home country. Speaking during a live panel discussion on the Nigerian private broadcaster AIT on Friday, Soyode said the diaspora with their knowledge, networks and experiences would add value to governance in …

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Nigeria: President promises diaspora-friendly government

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday assured Nigerians in the diaspora that his administration would give special priority to diaspora engagement in its Renewed Hope agenda. Speaking through his Chief of Staff, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, at the opening of the 17th National Diaspora Day (NDD) event in Abuja, the president said that his administration would be a diaspora-friendly government and …

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Diaspora key to better health care delivery in Nigeria — NiDCOM chief

Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has re-emphasised the need for diaspora skills transfer for efficient service delivery in the healthcare sector in Nigeria. Ms Dabiri-Erewa stated this when she received Dr Monica Simi Alabi, a Nigerian-UK based specialist in Healthcare Policy and Leadership, in her office in Abuja. The NiDCOM chief noted that …

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Nigerian who got $1.5m grant visits Abuja, to support computer education

Aisha Ali-Gombe, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Louisiana State University, USA, has expressed her readiness to give back to her home country by supporting the improvement of the standard of teaching Computer Science in Nigerian universities to meet global standards. Prof Ali-Gombe was recently appointed director of the university’s prestigious new Cybersecurity Clinic, which received a $1.5 …

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Nigeria: Enugu launches programme to attract diaspora investment

The Governor of Enugu State, Dr Peter Ndubuisi Mbah, is looking to the diaspora for investment in his self-professed determination to transform the economy of the southeastern state. Mbah, who assumed office on 29 May, launched the Enugu State Diaspora and Investment Forum (ES-DIF) recently, with the objective to attract increased investment from the state’s indigenes in the diaspora. Enugu …

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President Tinubu invites David Alaba to invest in Nigeria

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has invited David Olatokunbo Alaba to invest in Nigeria, the homeland of the Austrian international footballer’s father. The Nigerian leader made the plea when he addressed Nigerians in Paris on Thursday in his first formal engagement with the diaspora. Asiwaju Tinubu, who is in the French capital to attend the Global Financing Pact Summit convened by …

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Nigeria ends incentive payment for remittances

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that its “Naira 4 Dollar” remittance scheme will end on 30 June 2023. The policy, which was introduced in March 2021 to encourage the inflow of foreign currency, will no longer be in operation as from 1 July, it said. Under the scheme, the CBN pays out a reward of N5 for …

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Abuja conference outlines strategies for Diaspora engagement for African development

A 31-point communiqué released at the end of the two-day Global African Diaspora Symposium (GADS), which took place on 27-28 April in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja, details practical steps to drive an effective engagement between Africa and its Diaspora. The Communiqué, presented by the Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the event, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, said the African Diaspora …

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Buhari challenges African diaspora at global conference in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Africans home and abroad to connect and create a common front through strategic frameworks to address the challenges arising in the new world order. This was stated during his keynote address at the second edition of the Global African Diaspora Symposium (GADS) which opened on Thursday in Abuja. Speaking through his representative Mu’azu Jaji …

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Nigeria to host African Diaspora global conference

Dr Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), says Africa must take its pride of place on the global map, as it cannot be relegated to the background anymore given its huge human and natural endowments. Dabiri-Erewa stated this in Abuja at a press conference on Wednesday to announce that the Global African Diaspora Symposium (GADS) will …

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