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Nigerians abroad urged to end social ills back home

22 June 2015, 07:25 Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The United States branch of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has tasked Nigerians in the Diaspora to play a part in addressing pressing social challenges in their homeland.

Francis John, APC USA International Secretariat Coordinator, highlighted these issues to include substance abuse, mental retardation, stress and illness among others.

“We believe Diaspora Nigerians will have the best expertise and approach in resolving these issues, reason being, the ongoing issues are not strange, and Diaspora Nigerians are part and parcel of this national setback as it boils down to our places of origin,” said John.

He called for a collective-committed approach about resolving these imbedded and ignored matters.

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John pointed out that numerous Nigerians worked in the healthcare industry, the largest and growing industry in the world, consistently seeking huge manpower in addressing international concerns, similar to Nigerian issues.

“The reason why Diaspora Nigerians respective expertise should be engaged, an outlook directed towards our beloved country’s special needs, for progressive changes. The earlier we get started, the best.”

John said Diaspora Nigerians had been seen to be “masters of the game”
most especially in United States and United Kingdom, rising from the bottom to the top in their careers and known in setting up similar small businesses.

John reiterated calls for an all-stakeholder approach.

“The government must provide enabling environment without restrictions with full benefits. Nigeria must realise that technology is not transferable but taken!”

Meanwhile, John applauded the Lagos State Government, for being the first to create a Ministry of Diaspora and Investments.

“A longtime yearning came into fulfillment in 2015. A confirmation to Diaspora Nigerians, there’s light at the end of tunnel; a worthy and exemplary development for states and federal government to follow, including political parties,” said John.

- CAJ News

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