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Migration In Africa: IOM Team Lead Hails NiDCOM For Capacity Building

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Olushola Okunlade Writes

Ms. Daphné Bouteillet-Paquet, the IOM Belgium, Project Lead for The Migration of African Talents through Capacity building and Hiring (MATCH) has commended the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), for the supportive, positive, and corrective feedback to help evaluate the outcome of the Project.

Bouteillet-Paquet, who led a delegation of IOM Belgium staff, stated this during a review meeting with the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja.

She stated that the MATCH project is a 36- month initiative which kicked off on the 31st of January, 2020, and is funded by the European Union (EU) aimed at providing highly skilled talents to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff cannot be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market.

IOM Team Lead Hails NiDCOM For Capacity Building
IOM Team Lead Hails NiDCOM For Capacity Building

The Project Lead added that this has enabled young graduates from Nigeria and Senegal to work for companies in four EU member states.

She noted that as applicants register on MATCH, companies from Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg will be supported with the sourcing and recruiting of African talents from Senegal and Nigeria.

The scheme, according to her,  is aimed at upscaling young migrants’ skills and increasing their employability, while addressing EU labour market shortages and contributing, in the longer term, to the development of Nigeria and Senegal.

Bouteillet-Paquet stressed that the project has implemented complementary activities such as skills development, capacity building, and knowledge sharing between the participating EU and African countries.

The IOM Belgium Project lead expressed the importance to have proper evaluation and feedback to help in the next project, as the first project will be ending in December 2022.

Receiving the delegation, (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM), says pre-departure seminars and capacity-building training should be held for applicants of the MATCH project.

Represented by the Secretary to the Commission, Engr. Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, stated this during the review meeting.

Bassi equally stressed that the recruiting of Nigerian talents should not be a one-way street, but must be beneficial to the country of origin and a bilateral labour agreement should be created.

He, however, suggested that a Memorandum of Understanding be drafted for the approval of the parties concerned.

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Dabiri-Erewa Applauds Diasporas Contributions To Nigerian Economy As Diaspora Remittances Increases

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Olushola Okunlade Writes

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has commended Nigerians in the Diaspora on the rise of remittances in the first quarter of the year, by 20.3 per cent, representing the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in diaspora remittances since last quarter in 2020.

In a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun,  Dabiri-Erewa said that increase in remittances by Nigerians abroad which has played a significant role in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has a great impact on the socio-economic growth of the country

She said, “As the world recovers from the global pandemic and confronts instability of many kinds, we want to honor the efforts of all those who continue to support their loved ones despite the challenging circumstances.”

According to the NIDCOM boss, the recent figures released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) showed an increase in remittances in quarter one of 2022 to $5.16 billion from $ 4.29 billion same period in 2021.

Also, the ‘Naira 4 Dollar Scheme’ created by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2021, attracted $2.4 billion in diaspora remittances within eight months, surpassing the figure reported in 2021.

She said NiDCOM will continue to push for more engagement with our diaspora who are an indisputable economic factor and are becoming an investment factor in the country, noting that many Nigerians abroad are investing in agriculture, real estate, health, education, and ICT, amongst others.

Dabiri-Erewa implored all stakeholders to continue engagement for Diaspora Voting with the National Assembly to amend relevant sections of the law to enable INEC to do the needful.

She assured Nigerians abroad that details of the Nigerians Diaspora Investment Trust Fund (NDITF) will soon be unveiled as a platform for structured diaspora investments, just as Diaspora mortgage and housing facilities are some of the programs being introduced by NIDCOM for the welfare of the citizens abroad.

Similarly, 33 states now have State Diaspora Focal Point Officers with Abia setting up Abia Diaspora Agency, while Edo and Enugu are almost set with their own agencies just as Ondo and Anambra states have Commissioners.

She also described the Diasporans as a valuable asset worth more than the billions of naira they sent home as remittances as they are contributing immensely to national development through training and capacity development.

Stressing that no nation can develop without its diaspora, she emphasized the need for Nigerians at home and in the diaspora to work together.

It is expected that by the end of the 2022 financial year, the remittances from Nigerians in the Diaspora from official sources would have increased from its current $22 billion to about $25 billion.

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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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