The Nigerian government says all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will have a Diaspora desk charged with engaging the Nigerian community abroad.
This is in furtherance of Nigeria’s foreign policy thrust anchored on ‘Citizen Diplomacy,‘ and also to ensure transparency and accountability.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) stated this when she hosted a virtual town hall meeting with the Nigerian community in the Americas via zoom.
Dabiri-Erewa said this policy would ensure the government taps into the rich reservoir of skilled Diaspora Nigerians – ultimately adding efficiency and expertise to various sectors of the national economy.
“Critical sectors like health, education, science/technology, power and works will be given prior attention,” she revealed.
Underscoring the government’s resolve to take the anti-corruption campaign to the Nigerian diaspora, Dabiri-Erewa said NIDCOM was working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure cases of corruption are effectively addressed.
“Currently, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has a desk, so also the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). This will boost NIDCOM’s Diaspora against corruption agenda. Going forward, all MDAs will have a Diaspora desk. We are just waiting for the passage of the Diaspora policy into law.”
The diasporan commission boss added that in a bid to drive serious engagement with millions of Nigerians residing in several parts of the globe, a chatbot powered through Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been created.
“This AI platform would afford Nigerians in the diaspora an avenue to channel suggestions, ideas, as well as offer services,” she noted.
“It will soon go online. With this chatbot, we will engage our diaspora communities 24/7and the name of the chatbot is ‘ABIKE.’
“This chatbot will be draped with a Green-White-Green Ankara and will address all questions, needs, and requests on the go. The numbers to call are +(1)234 – 2222161, and +(1)888-6442372.”
The virtual town hall meeting was held in conjunction with the Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), the umbrella body for the over 30-million strong Nigerian Diaspora community around the globe.
Source: Voice of Nigeria