Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The second Nigeria Diaspora Day/Third Science and Technology Conference opened in the capital city of Abuja Wednesday, with President Umaru Yar'Adua calling on Nigerians in the Diaspora to take seriously their roles as the country's ambassadors in their places of abode.
``You, our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora, are the first face of our nation which the world sees, especially to the community amongst which they live.
``It is imperative therefore that you take very seriously, your roles as good ambassadors of Nigeria and positive assets to your host communities,'' he said.
Yar'Adua urged them to rededicate themselves to selfless service to the country and commended Diaspora Nigerians who had acceded to calls for partnerships to drive the country's development.
The president expressed happiness that many of them had contributed to humanitarian activities such as health delivery while others had invested in the country's stock market.
He called on them to identify with his seven-point agenda which aims to place the country within the top 20 economies of the world by 2020.
He said there was the need to shift emphasis to science education, adding that the country would continue to partner with the Diaspora Nigeria to develop its ICT.
``The reality of today's knowledge and technology-driven world dictates that we redouble our efforts at developing information and communication technology.
The conference is being attended by 270 Diaspora Nigerians from 32 countries.