South West Summit : Participants Advocate Appropriate Coordination Of Diasporas Database
Participants at the just concluded two-day South West Summit in Ado-Ekiti titled,” Harnessing of Diaspora Remittance For Regional Development” have called for appropriate state, regional and national coordination of the diasporas for proper documentation based on research as the basis for credible databases.
This just as they also resolved to consolidate economic development through security and investment among others.
The maiden event, which was held between June 28-29, was facilitated by the Office of the Diaspora Matters headed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Femi Odere.
At the event, governments in the region were charged with creating an enabling environment for investment sustainability and decentralisation of security in Nigeria through the strengthening of regional based security apparatus.
The summit also harped on technological transfer funded by the government, legislation to back diaspora activities and proper communication strategy through media engagement to strengthen to further harness and manage the potentials of South West Nigerian Diaspora for regional development.
Consensus was reached on the general understanding of a diasporan to include Nigerians (whether students or not), who are legally or illegally living beyond the shores of the country to explore other non-money remittances such as technological knowledge, skills and talents as well as knowledge production.
The Diaspora Focal Officers in the region were encouraged to further collaborate to establish a Regional Diaspora Office, jointly collect and document data of the South West Nigerians abroad.
Speaking, Odere and other Diaspora Focal Points Officers from Ogun and Osun states agreed that there was a need to re-focus the economy to encourage more participation from the diasporas as stakeholders in the nation’s affairs.
On his part, the President, Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) called for strong ties with the media to boost the communication between the diasporas and the nation..
Inputs were taken from the Governor Kayode Fayemi; Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Titilope Akande-Sadipe; Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa; Professor Bolaji Aluko, the Director General in charge of the Ekiti State Transformation, Strategy and Delivery.
Others were Prince Akinwale Ojomo, the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the Diaspora Innovation Institute and a team of scholars from the University of Ibadan led by Dr Senayon Olaoluwa, the Acting Director, Institute of African Studies and others.