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Strategic diaspora engagement, key to diaspora contribution to nation building – Okonjo-Iweala

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The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has been advised by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, to improve systematic methods to entice second and third generation Nigerians in the Diaspora to support nation-building.

This was said by Okonjo-Iweala when she was honoured as a “Diaspora Icon” at the recent Maiden National Diaspora Merit Award in Abuja, which was organised by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Management Staff of NIDCOM.

The WTO DG stated that the Diaspora can contribute significantly to Nigeria in ways other than remittances, such as through sharing skills and expertise, especially at a time when most nations are quickly adopting technology and the digital era.

Okonjo-Iweala was thrilled and honoured to be chosen to receive an award as a “Diaspora Icon” and spoke about her new recognition with pride as a Nigerian citizen.

The Diaspora Icon laureate praised the Commission for its engagement with the Diaspora over the years, in part because of the NIDCOM Boss’s practical leadership.

In order to improve the lives of all Nigerians, Okonjo-Iweala stated her support for collaborating with the Commission and the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The NiDCOM Chairman announced that the WTO DG had received the award for her selfless contribution to Nigeria and mankind at large while presenting it to her.

In order to balance family responsibilities and professional advancement, Dabiri-Erewa said that she acts as an inspiration to all Nigerian women.

The National Diaspora Merit Award and National Diaspora Day celebrations, which took place on July 26, 2023, included the Diaspora Icon Award as one of their categories.