President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the huge investments made in the country by Nigerians in Diaspora would help in no small measure in the survival of the nation’s economy.
The President has also praised the youth for excelling in their various callings at home and abroad, saying Nigeria would welcome inputs and investments from compatriots with international exposure for the economy to thrive.
President Buhari, according to a statement issued yesterday by his Media Adviser, Mr Femi Adesina,
spoke at a town hall meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora, in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
He noted that with the establishment of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Nigerians abroad can now seamlessly contribute their quota to national development, especially in the areas of investments in the economy.
His words: ‘‘Our agriculture, housing and real estate, ICT, healthcare, education and services sectors among others are waiting for your inputs and investments considering your global exposure.
‘‘Let me urge you to key into the programmes of NIDCOM to make your contributions,” Buhari explained.
Commenting on the feat performed by Nigerians at home and in Diaspora, he said: ‘‘I am proud of you all, and I remain ever proud of our Nigerian youths excelling, at home and abroad.
‘‘It gives me great pleasure to be in Kigali, Rwanda and to meet with you, members of the Nigerian Diaspora as part of my regular meetings with Nigerians wherever I visit other countries.
‘‘Let me begin by congratulating and commending Yewande Adebowale for emerging as one of the top four winners at the Commonwealth Youth competition at the Kigali Startup Festival 2022 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.
‘‘I also commend Esther Olanrewaju and Favour Aderinto who are recipients of the Lakshmi Subramanian CMU-Africa Student Excellence Awards for Masters in Information Technology and Electrical and Computer Engineering respectively.