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General News of Tuesday, 30 August 2022


What Peter Obi said when he met Obidients in Los Angeles

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has said Nigeria can only survive if it transitions into trading with manufactured and finished goods while playing with the technology of the export market.

The former Anambra state governor made the remarks in Los Angeles where he shared his perspectives on “The Role of the Nigerian Diaspora in Civic Leadership in Nigeria.”

Speaking to hundreds of enthusiastic supporters, Obi urged the diaspora residents that "they now serve as informal ambassadors and help within advancing development in their home countries." while noting that the "diaspora communities constitute an integral part and indeed, a critical mass of the development trajectory of their respective home countries."

Peter Obi and his Labour Party will hope to upset the odds in the upcoming general elections in 2023 as he contests the polls with more than 15 other candidates including Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Prior to his visit to the US, the former Anambra State governor had made stops in Canada and Germany. He heads to Italy afterward.

The tour to these countries is meant to give him the opportunity to engage Nigerians in the diaspora about issues affecting them.

His series of tweets

This evening, I have been asked to share my perspectives on “The Role of the Nigerian Diaspora in Civic Leadership in Nigeria.” -PO

They now serve as informal ambassadors and help with in advancing development in their home countries. -PO

Diaspora communities constitute an integral part and indeed, a critical mass of the development trajectory of their respective home countries. In that context, Diaspora communities are increasingly part of the foreign relations architecture

Beyond their renowned role of sending foreign remittances back home, the Diaspora are increasingly critical in advancing technology and skill transfer, strengthening democracy, opening up global supply chains, trade and foreign direct investment, education and research as well as healthcare. -PO

Diaspora Remittances now outstrip foreign direct investment for most low and middle-income countries, Nigeria included. In most cases, such remittances now constitute three times the volume of Official Development Assistance (ODA) received. - PO

Nigerians in the diaspora constitute the first line of representation and the first line of defense. They have been flying the national flag high, in contributing their quota towards the development of the country across various sectors.-PO

Nigeria Diaspora remittances now augment and support education, promote entrepreneurship and stimulate businesses, and investments in healthcare in addition to foreign remittances. -PO

The diaspora community can be effectively mobilized as true assets for the rapid development of our country. The Nigerian diaspora can play a major role in helping Nigeria transform its education sector. -PO

The diaspora community can help set up and administer endowment funds in the Nigerian Universities. Recently, Dr. Phillip Ozuah took a catalytic lead by donating $1m to University of Ibadan. -PO

Endowments can also be used to provide support for students to go on exchange programmes that add value to their skills and motivation. It can also be used to support Faculty research and research and development (R&D) in general.-PO

Opportunities also abound for proactive collaboration between the Diaspora community and the Federal and State governments in expanding healthcare delivery; improving the quality of our healthcare system as well as ensuring skill transfers to locally-based practitioners. -PO

Nigeria can no longer afford to remain a consuming economy. While meeting local demands, she must transition into trading with manufactured and finished goods, and playing in the technology in the export market.- PO

No country thrives economically merely by exporting its raw materials and importing virtually everything. Such a disposition weakens our economic base and employment capabilities.-PO

Nigerians in the Diaspora when effectively engaged can act as important ‘trade ambassadors’ and ‘negotiators’ for the country, especially at the level of attracting small-scale boutique businesses.-PO

In the New Nigeria we seek, we must think out of the box and at times, disruptively. As government and as Nigerians in Diaspora, we must henceforth contemplate those global best practices that will confer comparative advantage on us, and replicate known successes that can move Nigeria from consumption to production.-PO

One of Nigeria’s best brand Ambassadors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers an excellent example of promoting our country and Nigerian brand products abroad. Beyond her excellence in telling stories that promote Nigeria in irresistible fashion, she has proudly ad constantly promoted made-in-Nigeria fabrics and outfits through her social media channels; and by adorning them on various global stages that she has shared with some of the most prominent personalities in the world. -PO