- July 25 has been set aside as Diaspora Day by the federal government
- This year's diaspora day is scheduled to hold for Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 and 26 respectively
- It will be held at petroleum technology development fund conference hall, Abuja
To recognise and appreciate Nigerians in the diaspora for their contributions to national development, the federal government has set aside July 25 as Diaspora Day.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made this known on Monday, July 23, in a statement signed by permanent secretary, political and economic affairs office, Office of the SGF, Gabriel Tanimu Aduda.
Daily Times reports that the government said the Diaspora Day for 2018 is scheduled to hold on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 and 26 respectively.
It will be held at Petroleum Technology Development Fund Conference Hall, Abuja, with a theme titled: “Effective Engagement for National Development”.
The news outlet reports further that professionals, experts in various fields, administrators, academia and government officials in Nigeria and diaspora, who will be attracted by the event are expected to interface on diaspora-related issues and proffer solutions towards national development.
Going further, the FG urged the general public to take advantage of the various sessions on the 2-day conference to engage with the diaspora towards national development.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the chairman, Senate committee on foreign affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, said the upper chamber pushed for diaspora voting in the 2019 general elections.
Sunmonu on Thursday, December 29, said that giving franchise to Nigerians abroad would give the impression that “they are part of the system”, adding that her committee had suggested how Nigerians in the diaspora could vote in future elections.
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