Nigerians living in the Diaspora can make a lot of positive contribution to the development of Nigeria and the Buhari-Osibanjo Government should encourage them to move back home. Already, according to the World Bank reports on Migration and Development, Nigerians in the Diaspora sent home a whopping S21bn in 2015. No doubt that amount contributed in no small way to the growth of the economy. Many Nigerian abroad struggle before they got visa to go travel and they have to endure so many adversity and the pains of poverty they left back home made many of them to engage is different kinds of menial jobs, burn the midnight oil, completed their education and now many are specialist in one profession or the other.
There are many Nigerians in Europe, Asia, United States of America, Canada, Australia and other African countries who are working in the areas of technology, finance, engineering and manufacturing. These Nigerians are talents and their services are urgently needed back home. For example, Dr Paa Kwesi Uduom, who is now multi-million dollar Ghanaian serial businessman said it was the Nigerian accountant Chief Akintola William who met him in America and told him “young man what are you doing here,your service is needed back home”, Uduom took up the challenge and returned to Ghana and today has created employment for thousands of Ghanaians. He’d been a parliamentarian, minister of state and is to become the president of Ghana in November, 2016.
Nigerians are usually emotionally attached to their country and if they are properly motivated. After all, no body need to persuade me, I decided to move back home after 20 year in the Diaspora and I have been here few weeks now and writing for The Daily Times.
Specifically, this appeal goes to the the Vice President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osibanjo in collaboration with other ministries; Foreign Affairs, ministry of employment, finance, science and technology to organise a big coming together of all Nigerians in the Diaspora who are in Information Technology to come together and create a hub where they can begin to invent and innovate. If this idea is properly executed it is going to be the biggest Information Technology knowledge transfer in history. The Buhari-Osibanjo Government must take the bull by the horns and call for a comprehensive master plan for the implementation of this idea.
As I write, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu is doing a road show in China and he’d signed MOUs that is going to bring estimated 100bn dollars investments in Oil and gas sectors into the Nigerian economy. Equally, I believe that the government should embark on road show through Europe, Canada, USA, Malaysia, China, Ghana, South Africa and other countries.
Although IT should be the arrow head of this idea, other Nigerian professionals in other areas should be motivated, to move back home. For those in the other sectors like engineers and finance experts, the private sectors should be encouraged to absorb them and most of the Diasporas that are coming back home should be provided with necessary assistance to set up their own businesses. The government should remove the entire bottleneck in setting up and doing business in Nigeria. Some of the incentives the government can provide those who are moving back home include free accommodation, one way ticket, regular salary for those to be engaged in training the 5,000,000 IT boys and girls.
Most Nigerians in the Diaspora are concerned about their security as incidents of kidnappers are very rampant in Nigeria now. Many evil minded people will think that those returning are coming with plenty of money; they might want to play some funny game on them. The government should assure and guarantee their security. In fact, the government should be alive to their constitutional responsibility by guaranteeing the security of all Nigerians both young and old. Kidnappers deserve life imprisonment.
I believe that if this idea of bringing back home Nigerians who are certified IT professionals living in India,USA,Europe,China,