Nigerians observed their Diaspora Day discussing extensively
on strategic measures to be adopted in order to explore the enormous
emerging business potentials and economic opportunities that they
consider useful for the economy of Nigeria, APA learnt in Moscow on
The event is organized, for the
first time, by the Russian chapter of Nigerians in the Diaspora
Organisation in Europe-Russia (NIDOE-Russia), in collaboration with
the Russian Chamber of Commerce and the Nigerian-Russian Business
The forum brought together Russian
industry executive directors, business investors, academics and
Nigerian professionals as well as cultural artists and the media.
The theme was “Working Together
for a Better Nigeria-Russia Business Cooperation : Opportunities and
The chairman of NIDOE-Russia,
Bashir Obasekola, explained that Nigerian Diaspora Day is an annual
event initiated by the federal government of Nigeria since 2006 for
all Nigerian professionals.
The day is part of the efforts of
the Nigerian government to mobilize and encourage the participation of
the Nigerian Diaspora in the country’s development process.
A member of NIDOE-Europe
Board of Trustees, Ayo Ojajune, highlighted that about 20 million
Nigerians live outside their country and monetary remittances amounted
to US$7 billion last year alone.
Ojajune announced that over 60
Nigerian Diaspora organizations will be meeting early next year in
London to brainstorm on strategies for productive integration into
national development process.
The chairman of Business Council
Russia-Nigeria, Albert Bakov, believes that NIDOE-Russia and his
business council will help greatly to further develop the mutual
cooperation both in the private and public sectors between the two
For his part, the Nigerian
ambassador to Moscow, Major-General (rtd) Timothy Mai Shelpidi, said
the conference provided the chance for Nigerians in Russia who had
acquired skills, experiences, knowledge and resources to engage their
Russian partners for the development of Nigeria.