Nigerians in Diaspora offer input to national development

Dallas- US (PANA) -- The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) have used their 2007 Annual General Meeting to urge President Umaru Yar'Adua to harness the "vast expertise" of Nigerian professionals abroad.
"The expertise of the Nigerians in Diaspora should be properly harnessed to provide the extra capacity Nigeria needs to hasten its socio-economic development," NIDO chairman, Dr Ola Kassim said Sunday in his opening speech at their Annual General Meeting in Dallas, USA.
"Nigerians in Diaspora constitute a very large army of talents to be used for the development of the country and take it to greater heights.
So we are calling on President Umaru Yar'Adua to tap into this high-grade potential," Kassim observed.
He said it was the desire of NIDO to serve as a platform "through which the tremendous expertise, skills and resources, as well as the patriotic spirit of the Nigerians in Diaspora could be effectively and efficiently harnessed.
" He also stressed the need for the federal government to engage Nigerian professionals abroad to stimulate academic and socio- economic activities for Nigeria's rapid growth.
Kassim told delegates that NIDO Board of Directors had agreed to maintain its main focus to continue providing a platform through which the federal, state and local governments in Nigeria would engage Nigerians in Diaspora.
"In addition, NIDO has been collaborating with other Nigerian organisations such as the Association of Nigerians in the Americas (ANPA), the Canadian Association of Physicians and Dentists, NIDO Europe, Eko Club International and several other organisations," he noted.

18 juin 2007 10:42:00




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