- Says Diaspora remittances enhancing development index of Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja endorsed the establishment of the Nigerian Diaspora Investment Trust Fund (NDITF), a private sector investment window with Nigerians in the Diaspora to support direct investments in the country.
Speaking at the presentation of a compendium entitled +600 Diaspora Icons @ 60, published by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), the President said Nigeria is open to welcoming the Diaspora Direct Investment by compatriots abroad.
The President, who also pledged support for the establishment of the Diaspora Intervention Fund to support the Commission to fulfil its mandate, noted that the foreign exchange remittances by Nigerians in the Diaspora have not only helped families but enhanced the development index of Nigeria.
The President described the 327-page compendium as a historical record of the worth of our compatriots globally, adding that the distinguished list in the publication is a reminder of what Nigerians are capable of doing to the delight of the global community.
“Irrespective of the few bad eggs among us, and every nation has such bad eggs, Nigeria remains a great country, populated by great people, living at home or abroad, making us proud.
“This compendium attests to that fact and the names of people and the fields they have excelled speak about their resilience and how exceptional Nigerians, both at home and abroad, have become.”
The President reminded Nigerians that it is their duty to extol and celebrate compatriots that excel in their chosen careers and professions.
“No one else will do so for us. Rather, other people will tend to capitalise on the few bad eggs and characterise us in their own narratives, narratives that seek to characterise us in bad light. We must not allow that to happen.
“As we launch the compendium of excellent Nigerians today, we are also celebrating some of our best, nationally and globally.
“I call on every Nigerian, irrespective of where they may be, to continue to be of exemplary behaviour and with determination to offer quality services that contribute to the progress of humanity.”
While congratulating those whose names made it to this first edition, President Buhari encouraged others to work more conscientiously to make the list in the subsequent editions.
Recounting his engagements with Nigerians in the Diaspora during his official travels abroad, the President said his Diaspora threefold agenda remains unchanged.
“Nigerians in the Diaspora are our Ambassadors-at-large by their character, comportment and daily actions.
“They should be the best and excel in all their endeavours and they should ‘give back’ by contributing to the development of Nigeria.”
The President commended the Diaspora Commission led by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa for the energy and innovative steps they put together to ensure better engagements with the Diaspora Community.
“Rebuilding Nigeria is not the responsibility of Nigerians who live at home alone but of every Nigerian irrespective of the place of domicile,” he said.
In her remarks, the Chairman/CEO of NiDCOM, Dabiri-Erewa said the idea of the compendium was inspired from the regular Diaspora Presidential Town Hall meetings.
“The compendium is birthed out of the necessity to recognise, celebrate and showcase Nigerians in the Diaspora who are doing great things in their host countries and also contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria,” she said.
Dabiri-Erewa explained that the Commission plans to publish the compendium at regular intervals, towards changing the negative stereotypes typified by the activities of a few Nigerians who do not represent the country well.
FRSC personnel helped pregnant on transit to safe childbirth
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said some of its officers at the Mowe unit of the Ogun State Sector Command on Friday helped an expectant mother on transit to a safe childbirth.
A statement by Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) on Saturday said that the assistance became imperative as it saved the lives of the mother and child.
According to him, while on patrol at Mowe, the team, led by Deputy Route Commander (DRC) Damilola Osiyemi of Mowe Unit Command assisted a woman who was in labour around 1430hours on Friday.
“The woman, Mrs Ola of No 7, Aiyegbami street in Sagamu, boarded a vehicle with Reg No: FKJ 904 HE from Sagamu.
“She was sighted in labour and she was later rushed to Broad Life Hospital, Olowotedo near NASFAT area, Mowe Ogun State by the team where she was later delivered of a baby girl,” the statement said.
It added that the command would not relent in its determination to do anything that would safeguard the lives and property of the residents of Ogun on the road and Nigeria at large.
The statement urged all motorists to desist from breaking traffic rules and regulations to reduce traffic congestion.
It also called on motorists to feel free to seek help from FRSC personnel operating on the highway whenever the need arises.
‘After I Tore My Card, I Ceased To Be A Member’, Obasanjo Tells PDP
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo told leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has maintained he is no longer a member of the party from the day he tore his membership card.
Addressing a PDP delegation led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, four former governors, and members of the party’s National Working Committee visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday, he won’t stop dishing advice to anyone who approaches him in the interest of Nigeria
Addressing the PDP delegation, Obasanjo said: “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.
“I will continue to be a statesman.”
HELP! Hole-in-heart Patient, Ramadan Seeks N6m For Urgent Surgery
A boy with three holes in the heart, Ramadan Tolani, urgently needs N6 million for chest infection surgery.
The surgery, according to medical experts, could only be done either at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital or India. However, the family considering the financial constraints of obtaining a visa and other logistics, resorted to doing the surgery at Babcock university here in Nigeria.
The young boy according to a medical report signed by the management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), is currently on anti failure medication.
The report further implores Nigerians to accord him necessary assistance.
Ramadan was found to be centrally diagnosed with oxygen saturation values in room air between 77-45 per cent.
“Examination of the cardiovascular systems revealed a heart rate of 135bmp; with a prude 3/6 pansystolic murmur loudest at the left lower sternal border.”
The report revealed that echocardiography was done on January 6, 2021, and it revealed that Ramadan has three holes in the heart namely; Secundum ASD, right partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection and moderate PAH.
It further states that he was presented on account of recurrent chest infections noticed from birth. Mrs Mayalleke Tolani, Ramadan’s mother while pleading with Nigerians to come to her aid, explained how she has been facing endless difficulties since she gave birth to the boy. Last November, LASUTH told Tolani her son was due for the operation.
If you are touched by Ramadan’s plight, please send your donations to: Bank – Wema, Account Number – 0253889676 Account Name – Ramadan Shedrack Mayaleke
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