The concerted efforts to harness Diaspora remittances and potential towards the development of the nation.

It is important to ascertain why the impact of recorded huge Diaspora remittances is not visible in our economy and we understand the need to put measures in place to ensure accountability and transparency for Sustainable National Growth and Development

The possible establishment of a remittance arm of business under NIDCOM exclusively for remittance of funds to Nigeria at zero fees will drive more remittances to the country.

Nigerians in Diaspora have been a major force for development in the country through remittances, but Beyond remittances more importantly, a need for promotion of trade and investments, innovation, knowledge and technology transfers.

Opportunities exist in Housing, Health, Education Power and Water.

We need to re-invent and develop strategies on how to mobilise Diaspora remittances and this can be achieved by taking a que from other countries that have succeeded at it.

Projects need to be developed to harness the potential of Diaspora remittances for poverty reduction and local economic development. Mass Housing developments, small scale industries projects and even Diaspora bond created to achieve Sustainable Economic Growth and Development for our nation, Nigeria.

The present administration and the House of Representatives under the leadership of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, we have thrown our weight behind the enfranchisement of Nigerians living in the Diaspora because we all know that the Nigerian living outside the country have as much stake in the present and future of Nigeria as those of us who live here.

I wish to assure our Nigeria Diaspora citizens of the readiness of the 9th assembly to partner with all relevant stakeholders in formulating policies that represent Sustainable National Growth and Development.

It is my desire that at this summit, every stakeholder would have something to cheer in the project called “Nigeria” and equally be satisfied that a NEW DAWN in Diaspora Relationship for the nation is NOW.

Thank you and GOD BLESS.

– Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe