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Anambra woos Diaspora community for investments

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CHIEF of Staff to Governor of Anambra State, Ernest Ezeajughi has urged Nigerians in the diaspora to come and help develop the country especially in this critical time.

  Mr  Ezeajughi, who made the call at the National Diaspora  Day, held in Abuja and online, organised by the Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), with theme, ‘Diaspora Engagement in Globally Challenging Time’, emphasised that developing human capital today is at the fulcrum of what the future holds, adding that  Anambra State is open for diasporans to come home and invest.

  While responding to the question of whether diaspora-voting is possible in Nigeria, Mr. Ezeajughi said that if millions of Nigerians in the diaspora contribute as much as $20billion  annually to the country’s economy, diaspora-voting is easy to adopt in the country and called on the legislators to provide the necessary legislative framework.

  Mr. Ezeajughi, a former Mayor of London Borough of Brent spoke about his background, tracing back to his days in student union activism while in Nigeria and his movement into United Kingdom politics.

  He recalled that he eventually contested and won an election in the UK because of the transparent and open way of his life, pointing out that he partnered a lot of charity organisations and attracted a number of investments into the country.

  Earlier, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office, Mr. Seun Ibrahim said that government had partnered the diaspora in healthcare, agriculture, transportation, real estate, among others.

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  He celebrated Nigerians in the diaspora and commended the efforts by NiDCOM which he noted is yielding results and called on Nigerians living in the diaspora to key into the present administration’s development agenda.

  Mr. Ezeajughi was part of a panel called “Celebrity Interview with Diaspora Role Models” co-participating with Professor Hauwa Ibrahim from Havard University, Aliyu Al-Makura, Vice President of Bank of America and Francis Obiorah Obikwelu, a sportsman from Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Anambra State.

  Other speakers at the event include, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, Deputy Secretary General of United Nations, President, African Development Bank, Abidjan, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, among others.

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