Eko Hot Blog reports that Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has called on diaspora groups to contribute their quota to the development of their fatherland.
The NiDCOM boss made the charge at the 25th anniversary gala night of the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK (NNCAUK) in the United Kingdom (UK) during the weekend.
According to a statement issued by NiDCOM’s spokesperson, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Monday, Dabiri-Erewa commended the Nurses and Midwives for their charitable deeds and urged them to continue to give back to their country of origin.
She expressed optimism that Nigerian healthcare practitioners in the diaspora, working with their counterparts in Nigeria, can make Nigeria, a medical tourist destination, rather than the other way round.
The NiDCOM chairman, who was the special guest of honour at the event, added that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is committed to improving healthcare facilities and practice in Nigeria, and called for more collaboration by establishing partnerships for knowledge exchange, telemedicine initiatives and skills transfer programs.
Dabiri-Erewa commended the association for being one of the most progressive and focused diaspora groups.
On its part, NNCAUK called for a structured Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on migration of health workers between the Governments of Nigeria and the UK.
The association’s President, Wendy Olayiwola (BEM), said the group will continue to contribute their expertise through their collaborations with medical institutions back in Nigeria, stressing the need to create more platforms for networking and communication to foster a collaborative environment for sharing insights and best practices.
Meanwhile, the NiDCOM boss spoke at another event, a thanksgiving service for Yorubas in the UK.
Dabiri-Erewa called on her compatriots in the UK to continue to project Nigeria positively and join hands with Nigerians at home to make Nigeria better.
The Mayor of Southwark, Mayor Micheal Situ, commended Nigerians in the UK and pledged to continue to serve the community effectively and efficiently.
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