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Govt engages Nigerians in Diaspora on remittences

02 September 2014, 21:29

Abuja - A high level executive and legislative team is holding a series of interactive sessions with Nigerians in Europe and the United States in response to the long-standing desire of the Diaspora to support economic development in Nigeria.

Paul Nwabuikwu, Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance confirmed the interactions the Debt
Management Office, led by its Director-General, Dr Abraham Nwankwo, organised.

According to Nwabuikwu, the delegation is headed by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and it includes key members of relevant committees in the National Assembly.

He said the members of the National Assembly are Ahmed Makarfi Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator  Uzamere, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Ita Enang, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Hoourable Adeyinka Ajayi, Chairman of the House Committee on Aid, Loans and Debt Management, Famurewa Ajibola Israel, Chair of the House Committee on Diaspora, Abdulrahman Terab, House Committee on Finance and Emmanuel David Ombugadu, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation.

Nigerians in the Diaspora have been seeking ways and means to contribute more to the country's development.

The value of remittances from Nigerians abroad in 2013 was $20,77 billion.

More than 10,4 billion have been remitted in the first half of 2014.

The funds include contributions through remittances to families, friends and communities, medical missions and provision of scholarships.

- CAJ News


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