To effectively engage the diaspora at the grassroots level, the 
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has announced plans to hold 
its inaugural Town Hall Meeting for Diaspora Focal Point Officers at 
various states of the federation in 2020.

  Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, the Secretary of the Commission, stated this 
when he received Mr. Macaulay Kanu, Chairman, AU 6th Region Canada 
(AU6RC) and Policy Adviser, Diaspora Affairs, African Union (AU).


Bassi, who received the delegation on behalf of Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa 
Chairman/CEO of the Commission,  said their  coming was timely as many 
projects had been lined up for the coming year.

He attributed the excellent feats of many Nigerians abroad to resources, 
skills and talents, as well as, comporting themselves as good Nigerian 

According to him, investing back home through Corporate Social 
Responsibility (CSR) projects, medical missions, donations and 
establishing companies, is paramount to  sustainable growth for the 
nation’s economy,

The NiDCOM Secretary added that within six months of its existence, the 
Commission had successfully held many activities  such as third Badagry 
Door of Return ceremony, second Nigerian Diaspora Investment Summit 
(NDIS), Diaspora Day on July 25, and other interventions.

He said that with the prompting from the Commission, many  Nigerian 
states now mark their own respective Diaspora days.

Bassi said that 16 states in Nigeria have Diaspora Focal Points within 
the offices of their respective Governors, with nine states producing 
two Commissioners, three Special Advisers and four Senior Special 
Assistants on Diaspora.

Earlier, Mr. Macauley Kanu expressed his delight on the establishment of 
the Commission, advised on the importance to understand the AU’s 
framework and align with the Continental plan.

The AU Policy Adviser expressed his wish for Nigeria to be a trail 
blazer in diaspora affairs, as some African countries had  invested 
heavily in diaspora related matters.

He expressed the readiness of AU to facilitate states on the best 
diaspora practices, which ranges from research to support system in 
diaspora mapping.

Kanu urged Nigerians to tap into the Decade of People of African 
Descent, a UN event set up to recognise that people of African descent 
represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and 

The AU6RC Chairman said a pilot project was kick-started to help women 
and youths, saying that the project was adopted by diasporans in Canada 
to form a consortium to strategise and help create jobs for young 

He announced that the project will be launched in every African state, 
with a focus on six interventions, known as TRADES which stands for 
“Technology, Retail, Agronomy, Development and 4Es (Education, 
Entrepreneurship, Employment, Engagement) and Skills Development”, that will help to tackle unemployment and boost youth empowerment in Africa.

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