By Joy Odor
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has described migration as a natural phenomenon that cannot be stopped.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa made the assertion at a Lecture she delivered on: “Migration, Diaspora and Africa’s Development at the National Defence College for Participants of Course 29 in Abuja and made available to newsmen by the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the Commission, Mr. Gabriel Odu made this known in a press statement in Abuja on Wednesday in Abuja.1
She maintained that the Diaspora Phenomena is the product of legitimate migration, hence the need for regular (legal) migration as opposed to irregular (illegal) migration.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa stated that Nigeria is now experiencing the feminisation of migration, a situation where more women are getting involved than men in labour migration.
She said the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is in high level talks with countries especially in Europe to mainstream migration issues for a win win situation for both destination and departure countries.
She stated that key drivers of migration include: security, economic, environmental, socio- political and other pull and push factors.
Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa was of the opinion that managed migration must be encouraged for positive impact on the migrant, the country of origin and the host country.
On Nigeria Diaspora Population, mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said an estimated 17 million Nigerians are scattered all over the world accomplishing excellent feats in medicine, Health, high tech, education, economy and many others both to their host countries and country of origin.
In 2019 alone, Nigerians in Diaspora remitted about $25billion dollars to shore up the economy.
She added that the Commission is ever ready to act as a bridge between Nigeria and its Diasporas to harness the abundant human capital, skills and talents to build a formidable nation.
Dabiri-Erewa gave assurances that the Commission has its contact Desks in international and governmental agencies to liaise and speed up intervention processes.
Meanwhile, the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Makanju Mackson Kadiri, Gss, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the wisdom in establishing the Nigerians in Diaspora, Commission, NIDCOM, to Carter for the needs of millions of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The Commandant and participants also commended the NIDCOM Boss for her passion, dedication and commitment to duty and promised that the National Defence College will always be one of the frontier supporters of the Commission and its objectives.