Dallas- US (PANA) -- A total of 300 Nigerians in Diaspora, have been allocated land at a site for the proposed Abuja Diaspora Village, in Nigeria's capital city, according to Dr Ola Kassim, chairman of Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation (NIDO Americas).
"The certificates of occupancy for each of the land parcel are ready and have been distributed to some of the eligible applicants, who came for this meeting, Kassim told PANA after the 2007 NIDO Annual General Meeting Sunday in Dallas, U.
He said the beneficiaries included Nigerian professionals in the U.
, Canada, Europe, Asia and parts of Africa.
"I am confirming to you that Malam Nasir el-Rufai, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja kept his promise to the Nigerian Diaspora worldwide," he emphasised in the interview.
He said that el-Rufai had endorsed all the certificates with the exception of a few applicants "with incomplete documentation before he left vacated his office on May 29, 2007".
The chairman also disclosed that the federal government had already demarcated the plots and put in place the infrastructure needed for the development.
"Therefore, it is expected that all beneficiaries, according to the government procedures should start physical development in two years time," Kassim added.
He also tasked Nigerians in the Diaspora to become committed to the project by investing in its speedy development, in order to reciprocate government's gesture.
He further expressed the determination of NIDO to contribute to the efforts of revitalising the Nigerian economy through imparting knowledge and skills to Nigerians back home.
The idea for the Diaspora Village was discussed at the first Nigerians in Diaspora Conference in Toronto, Canada in January, this year.
The village, to be built on 65 hectares of land, would be undertaken on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), comprising 146, 85 and 50 high, medium and low density plots, respectively.
It would have various types of residential quarters, mosques and churches, clinics, community centre, schools, hotels and shopping malls.