Makinde Challenge Nigerians In Diaspora To Invest At Home


Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde urged Nigerian professionals abroad to change their negative perception about their country and return home to take on the huge responsibility of building the Nigeria of their dream.

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim and Chairman of Nigerian Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, among others are with Makinde during his challenge message to Nigerians in Diaspora at Tampa, Florida in the United States

Makinde, one of the speakers, who spoke at the third annual conference of the Nigerian-American Business Forum, said every great country was built by some people, but usually those in the Diaspora.

While delivering his keynote speech, he showcased how his administration is changing the governance landscape of Oyo State, and presented the investment opportunities in the areas of agriculture, tourism, housing, education

The governor said himself, being a diaspora, had realised that those in the diaspora had a major role to play if Nigeria must realise its development potential .

To ensure the realisation of its billion dollars projects in Nigeria, NABF also unveiled the American Nigerian (AMNI) Bank to fund any investments being undertaken by those in the Diaspora to the tune of $3 billion and at a low interest rate.

Dr. Leo Egbunjobi, Chairman of AmNi Bank said the bank had a vantage position to leverage on the huge liquidity the Diaspora Nigerians move to the country so as to solve the problems of funding that many Diaspora usually faced.

NABF Chairman Dr. Afolabi Andu said Nigerians in the diaspora represented the largest contributors to the country’s economy with an annual average investment of $25 billion.

Andu said the resolve of NABF to rebuild Nigeria “is not wishful thinking, but an affirmation of our unshaking commitment towards the retaliation of a dream for a formidable Nigeria. We are here gathered to chart a pathway for the realisation of this vision”.

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (retd) said Nigeria’s problems were no doubt the responsibility of Nigerians but urged the diaspora “to use this forum to translate, therefore, into increased opportunities for investment into Nigeria and provide opportunities in various endeavours”.

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