“We speak of japa but many Nigerians are returning” – Abike Dabiri-Erewa says

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), stated that despite the large number of Nigerians planning to leave the nation, a sizable number are also coming back.

Dabiri-Erewa stated that several people are coming back to Nigeria to make investments in the agricultural and healthcare sectors during a press conference held at the state house in Abuja on August 25.

“We speak of “japa” as a one-way phenomenon, but we also have Nigerians constantly returning home. There are examples of Nigerians returning home, occasionally or permanently, to do interesting things, in agriculture, healthcare, etc.

The hospital where the VP was recently treated was set up by diaspora doctors. I’m not saying Nigeria’s not a challenging environment, but we must also acknowledge those who are coming back home to do impactful things” she said

Dabiri-Erewa said the commission is making an effort to see that Nigerians in the diaspora are allowed to vote.

“The national assembly is still not interested in diaspora voting, but we will not relent and continue to engage with them. Because I believe everyone should know that the diaspora should be able to vote. So we hope that we continue to engage with the parliament. There’s a big deal about diaspora voting” she said

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