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Nigerians in Diaspora Pledge to Invest On The Nation

Nigerians in the United States of America have expressed readiness to invest in Nigeria if the government would provide an enabling environment that would make businesses thrive.
They gave the assurance to President Muhammadu Buhari at a meeting held in New York on Friday.
Nigerian professionals in the United States were hosted to a private meeting with the President to discuss how best to bring in their skills and expertise for the development of their home country.
The meeting, which held on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, had in attendance Nigerian professionals who have distinguished themselves in their various careers across the U.S.
They assured the President of their support and willingness to come and offer their services to Nigeria like they do in the U.S.
While addressing them, President Buhari said his administration was working on a government structure that would effectively engage their skills and expertise.
He agreed that distinguished Nigerians in the diaspora had a role to play in Nigeria’s development, promising to provide a conducive environment for them to thrive.
“I assure you that we are trying to be systematic in the government to organise the government properly.
“When we do that, we will get the ministries to function and we will need quality people to come along and help it to move fast,” President Buhari told the gathering.
Also at the meeting was a Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa. She said that the government would continue to engage Nigerian professionals in the Diaspora for the benefit of the country.
“Today, we met Nigerians who are willing and ready to bring back foreign-direct investments to Nigeria.
“Whatever stumbling blocks, we are looking into such stumbling blocks, but the passion is there.
“The desire is there and they are saying, we want to come home,” she told Channels Television.
For some of the professionals at the meeting there is no better time to return home than now.
“The determination to have structure in place, I think it will be encouraging for some of us in the diaspora to come back and participate because that is the structure we know here that we are used to,” one of those at the meeting said.
There are many Nigerian professional in the united states and around the world and leveraging on their expertise would be a boost for the nation in economic recession.
President Buhari had on Thursday signed Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
He said that his signing of the agreement had demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to a global effort to reverse the effects of the negative trend.
The President said made the statement while addressing the opening of the meeting on Taking Climate Action for Sustainable Development in New York, co-hosted by Nigeria and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as one of the Side Events of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71).
The agreement commits Nigeria to reducing “Green House Gas Emissions unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally by 45 per cent” in line with Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions.

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