By Kunle Adedoyin
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Americas (NIDOA) has disclosed plans to “redirect” one per cent of its members’ annual remittances towards “impact sustainable development” in Nigeria.
The resolution was part of a 10-year vision unfolded by the organisation at its 2019 Annual General Meeting held recently in Texas, United States.
Mr. Zee Nagberi, NIDOA’s Public Relations Officer, in a communiqué said the plan is expected to run from 2019 till 2029.
NIDOA listed other aspects of the vision to include acceleration of its ICT training programme, you Nigerian youth launched in 2016, and its skills acquisition programme for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Others are partnership with relevant government agencies to drive the ongoing Diaspora National Identity Number registration, and skill audit of Nigerian professionals in the Americas.
The World Bank put the current total diaspora remittances to Nigeria at $25 billion annually, with the figure projected to hit $34 billion by 2023.
The Bank Group’s Migration and Remittances Facebook 2016, stated that remittances from the US alone to Nigeria stood at 5.7 billion dollars (N2 trillion) in 2015.
Dr Arikana Chihombori-Quao, the African Union Ambassador to the United States, who was the special guest of honour at the AGM, has sued for unity among Africans in the Diaspora.
Chihombori-Quao urged them to galvanise their enormous resources towards the development of the continent.
Similarly, a member of the Texas State House Representatives, Jarvis Johnson II, called for partnership between African immigrants and African-Americans to “leverage our economic power.”