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Diaspora Housing: NiDCOM, FMBN Set To Launch Scheme

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DIASPORA HOUSING: NiDCOM, FMBN SET TO LAUNCH SCHEME

Olushola Okunlade Writes

A comprehensive Diaspora Housing Mortgage Scheme is set to be inaugurated.

Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), stated this when she visited the Management and Staff of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) in Abuja.

This is coming after both agencies have concluded the final stages of the Diaspora Housing Mortgage Policy.

Dr. Dabiri-Erewa, maintained that Nigeria, being the highest diaspora-remitting country in Sub-Saharan Africa with over 19 billion dollars in 2021, according to the World Bank, assisted their own houses of their own, is the least incentive for Nigerians abroad who tirelessly
contribute to Nigeria’s development.

Diaspora Housing NiDCOM, FMBN Set To Launch Scheme

In addition, the NiDCOM Boss disclosed that this move will encourage the Nigerian Diaspora to do more for the country, there by creating a win-win situation.

Dr. Dabiri-Erewa added further that the Scheme is aimed at enabling Nigerians in Diaspora have mortgage accounts, participate in the National Housing Fund (NHF) scheme, access loans up to N50 million, and own homes through certified developers all from the comforts of their locations.

Giving further insights, the NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, explained that the package is available to any Nigerian (above 18) living in the Diaspora, with evidence of the regular flow of income, with contributions made over a minimum period of one year before being eligible to access the mortgage loan.

Also, after contributing for the applicable minimum period, applicants will apply for the mortgage loan through an accredited Primary Mortgage Bank.

Diaspora Housing NiDCOM, FMBN Set To Launch Scheme

Following this, applicants will register with the NHF and contribute $150 (for beneficiaries earning $3,000 and below monthly), or $200 (for beneficiaries earning $3,001 and above, monthly), respectively for a minimum period of a year.

Other features of the package include a 30% down payment, a single-digit interest rate of nine percent, and a payback period of up to 10 years.

Meanwhile, she seized the opportunity to congratulate the new FMBN Managing Director/Chief Executive, Mr. Madu Hamman, and urged him to sustain the impressive achievements of his predecessors.

Mr. Madu Hamman agreed that work has been completed to make the Scheme, a reality.

However, he said that the launching of the Scheme would have occurred earlier in the year, attributing the change of leadership at the FMBN, as a factor.

Mr. Hamman gave assurances that the inauguration of the FMBN Diaspora Housing Mortgage Scheme will be actualized in earnest to provide a transparent, seamless platform for Nigerians in Diaspora to invest and own homes in Nigeria.

The NiDCOM/FMBN Committee is given till the end of May to finalise preparatory work for the launch of the Scheme proposed for London.

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IOM Sharpens Technical Skills Of NiDCOM’s Pioneer Staff

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IOM Sharpens Technical Skills of NiDCOM’s Pioneer Staff

Olushola Okunlade Writes

A three-day capacity building workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation is underway in Abuja.

The training organized by the International Organisation for Migration, (IOM) is to build the skills set and competencies of the Staff of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission.

Declaring the workshop open on behalf of Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Engr Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, Secretary to the Commission, said Monitoring and Evaluation is a critical component of NIDCOM’s Programmes, Policies, and activities, adding that participants should take advantage of the opportunity to improve their skills in order to fast track the growth and progress of the Commission and thereby fulfill its mandate for national development.

Dr. Bassi also commended the International Organization for Migration, a UN agency, for supporting and facilitating the training as part of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Trusted Sources Project.

IOM Sharpens Technical Skills Of NiDCOM's Pioneer Staff

Ms. Elizabeth Poage, speaking on behalf of the Acting Chief of Mission, IOM,  applauded NiDCOM’s Management and Staff for their participation in the Monitoring and Evaluation training Workshop.

Ms. Poage went on to say those good migration policies are excellent development parameters for ensuring the full, effective, and efficient implementation of the National Diaspora Policy.

The training is aimed at educating and enlightening NIDCOM’S Staff on the need for a proper monitoring and evaluation process for better output in their various Departments and Units.

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Diaspora: NiDCOM, AfDB To Partner On Trust Fund, Investment, Training, And Others

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Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) on Thursday agreed to partner on many areas of Diaspora development in Africa.

At a parley in Abuja, Hon.( Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission led a delegation to meet Mr. Lamin Barrow, the Director-General, Nigeria Country Office, AfDB in Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa, who briefed the country Director about the activities of NiDCOM, also extended a partnership to AfDB on the National Diaspora Trust Investment Fund.

“We will want to have the AfDB on board in setting up a strategic investment platform for the Diaspora, especially with our NDITF,” she said.

She added that the Nigerian Diaspora all over the world is amongst the greatest professionals, and has again this year, recorded the highest remittances in sub-Saharan, according to the latest World Bank report.

She also solicited AfDB collaboration in the continuous strategic road map development and invited them to its activities including the Diaspora investment summit, the Diaspora day, the Door of return, and the Diaspora Housing Programme while also informing him of the establishment of a diaspora data mapping portal.

NiDCOM, AfDB To Partner On Trust Fund, Investment, Training, And Others
NiDCOM, AfDB To Partner On Trust Fund, Investment, Training, And Others

The NiDCOM boss informed the AfDB Director-General that a major summit of all African Diaspora is being planned for 2023 to be hosted in Nigeria.

Responding,  Barrow commended the NiDCOM Boss for her visionary leadership and passion for supporting the diaspora, assuring her that the Bank is ready to partner with the Commission in all its pro-African development Diaspora initiatives.

“Investment trust funds are things we want to support and we are ready to assist with strategic plans to achieve a sustainable investment base for the Diaspora”, he assured.

He stated that NiDCOM has highly coordinated structures, therefore, AfDB is ready to get to work as it also has a trust fund for Migration and Diaspora.

Barrow added that “the remittances are huge but the brainpower is even greater” he encouraged NiDCOM to continue to harness the talents, energy, and ideas of the diaspora while also assuring to be part of NiDCOM’s other activities in the future.

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NiDCOM Chairman, Dabiri-Erewa Congratulates Aluya On His New Appointment As CMO In US

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Dabiri-Erewa Congratulates Aluya On His New Appointment As CMO In US

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated the President of the Nigerian American Public Affairs Committee USA, Dr.
Nelson Aluya (MD.MBBS) on his new appointment as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Newark Community Health Centers (NCHC) Newark, New Jersey.

In the congratulatory message personally signed by her, she described the appointment of Aluya as Chief Medical Officer of the Federal Qualified Health Centre as well deserved going by his antecedents in the Medical profession.

The NIDCOM boss said Nigeria is proud of the achievements of Aluya which has earned him the prestigious assignment to continue to serve humanity.

While praying for his success and impactful tenure, Dabiri-Erewa urged him to ensure continuous mentoring of those coming behind him.

As CMO, Dr. Aluya will oversee and supervise multiple Medical Directors in the hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Nelson Aluya is a renowned medical doctor with training in both Pediatrics and Internal medicine and extensive broad-based  training and clinical expertise in over three continents,

He was also a former attending physician at Newark Beth Israel medical center and former medical director of the Sinai Rehabilitation Center. The largest rehabilitation center in Essex county Newark, New Jersey U.S.A.

He has led multiple local and international medical missions providing his expertise and selfless service to low social-economic groups, economically and socially displaced, and migrant families.

Aluya, described his appointment as” a great privilege to serve on a bigger platform to make a greater impact on the overall health status in our communities .”

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