Tanzania commends Nigeria for strong diaspora engagements for Nation building



By Joy Odor

The Tanzanian High Commissioner to Nigeria Ambassador Benson Alfred Bana has commended Nigeria’s frontline strides in her engagement with her Diaspora for Nation building.

Ambassador Bana stated this when he visited Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, ( NiDCOM) in Abuja.

The Tanzanian envoy said that nothing will dampen the good relationship both countries have enjoyed since 1972 but rather it will grow in leaps and bounds.

Dr. Bana said he admired the role the NiDCOM Boss has played all through the years, right from the days of her being a member of the house of Representatives

Ambassador Bana stated further that he came to tap from the wealth of knowledge and experiences of the NiDCOM team, and also to know how the Federal Government is able to engage her Diaspora to contribute meaningfully to their country ,adding that all over the world Nigerians are excelling in all their endeavours.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for showing interest in Nigerians in the Diaspora.

Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa delighted to receive the envoy to her office, remarked that the Nigerian  President is the number one Diaspora champion,  stressing that any country the President visits, he meets with the Nigerian Diaspora and encourages them to be the best in whatever they do, be good Ambassadors and never to forget home.

The NIDCOM Boss commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ratifying and adopting the National Diaspora policy.

She therefore urged the Tanzanian government to create an agency that deals strictly with their Diaspora, stating that “it is not about the number but what they are able to do.”

NiDCOM Chairman said despite a few activities of some Nigerians that tends to dent the image of the country abroad,  the Commission will always celebrate Nigerians doing well in various countries.

She told the visiting envoy that the Commission is engaging the younger generation of Nigerians in the Diaspora to bring their knowledge back home because “there is no place like home”, she said.

Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit.

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