Being address by Mr. Rex Essenowo,
chairman of NIDO Russia,
On the occasion of the Nigerian Diaspora Day 2019
Date: 25th July 2019
Nigerians and representatives from the Nigerian Diaspora worldwide storm
Abuja, the nation's capital today for the Diaspora Day celebration, I send
greetings from the Russia Federation, and on behalf of NIDO Russia and the
Diaspora community, I congratulate everyone for making this day real, most
especially, thanks to the grand Patron of the Nigerian Diaspora movement,
our former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who gave the first impetus to
mobilize our valuable resources and set this day aside for the new
orientation, and the Federal Government for relentless efforts to harness
Diaspora resources despite many years of difficulties..
It's been 19 years now since the Diaspora movements began with the creation
of the Nigerian In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), with the motto: "in
pursuance of National development"
Despite all odds, the Nigerian Diaspora has proven its worth in different
aspects of our daily lives both in Nigeria and within the Diaspora. It is on
record that, for the past two decades, the Nigerian Diaspora remains the
major income booster, which delivers extensive support to families at home,
and also provides additionally funds in keeping the entire nation afloat.
These remittances remain, top 5 globally, are crucial to the nation's
survival; the hard earned monies equate with, or even sometimes exceed our
The Diaspora is gradually coming home together with Private Investments,
as well as, foreign direct Investments (FDI). Apart from all stated
above, the Diaspora still has huge reserves, untapped both in skills and
capital. We are also working out new modalities to build and expand our
market potentials for Nigerian companies oversee. It is therefore
inevitable to intensify our collective efforts made by Diaspora citizens
and the Federal government, exploring new opportunities through
effective use of the Nigerian Diaspora commission (NIDCOM), led by Hon.
We must join hands together to stand out stronger to the commitments of
building a greater nation, where every citizen feels part and parcel of
the progress, where love, peace and unity reign supreme, as originally
envisaged by our founding fathers.
With the enormous resources of the Diaspora, the extensive human capital
and expertise which are much needed for national development; the
government must make bolder steps forward, by engaging the Diaspora in
more professional ways through the Diaspora Commission, key ministries,
departments, agencies and very importantly, in partnership with various
state governments of the Federation.
The experiences, consultations, multi level interactions we’ve been making
to engage the government must also be intensified at the States and Local
government levels while dealing with outstanding developmental issues that
the nation is facing. Where we succeeded, we continue, where we failed, we
need to seek and apply new solutions. That is why it is important that, our
Diaspora dialogues, national dialogues and policy reforms continue until all
solutions are brought to the table and applied successfully for the
betterment of the lives of the masses.
There is no doubt, every great country is not without problems, but we must
also understand that there is no problem without a solution; so therefore,
we must begin to look inward, work out new strategies with the Federal
government to spin up lasting solutions.
The national Assembly and the executive branch must do all that is possible
to execute new development policies; this implies fundamental legislative
inputs that will enhance better results in economic planning and
implementation of policies, so as to guarantee youth empowerment, adequate
job creation and infrastructural development. These are needed reforms that
will enable sustainable economic growth in Nigeria and the African
continent. By so doing we shall overcome most of our challenges, and as
well, provide better lives for the wellbeing of our citizens.
We must be well prepared to take active and leading role in the Africa
Continental Free Trade Area which we joined last week.
I want to draw the attention of H.E, President Muhamadu Buhari to our
-POWER SUPPLY! As you already know, Nigerians are hungry for light;
many citizens of this great nation are dying of acute deficit of power
generation, lack of uninterrupted power supply, pollution and health issues
caused by emission from stand-by generators. Most of the challenges in
fighting crime by the law enforcement agencies can also be attributed to
this issue. The damages and losses caused by this problem to lives, national
security and the whole economy, are terribly high and beyond imaginations.
We can no longer talk about generating Megawatts with a population of over
200 million people. Long before now, we should be talking about Gigawatts.
This is because, Nigeria needs, nothing less than 2 Gigawatts to begin a
smooth journey to the future.
We've been late in taking the right decisions, hence the need for a more
pragmatic and suitable approach to trigger the right solution. I am quite
convinced that, with strong determination, commitments and the right
cooperation with our Diaspora host countries, the solution is available and
achievable within the shortest possible time.
Mr. President, Sir, I call on you to task the Ministry of Energy and all
related agencies, incoming Ministers and Heads of Departments to bring out a
new master plan that is capable of dealing with this issue, once and for
If the distribution companies are incapable of handling their jobs, there is
need for additional measures, a swift action, together with the National
Assembly, which may include, amendment of the current legislation on power
generation and distribution; and if need be, declare a state of emergency in
the power sector, until the situation is resolved.
This will guarantee accurate assessment, adequate intervention, and timely
correction of avoidable mistakes which will guarantee effective management
and success of the further reform process.
The Diaspora reiterates its commitments to National development; we wish you
a very successful formation of your new government with the incoming
Ministers, and a very successful second term with all your election
Thank you and God bless you!
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!
God bless Africa and the Diaspora!!!
Summit In Abuja
25 & 27th
Leadership and Stakeholders Summit was a three day
programmed event that marked the 10th anniversary of the Diaspora Day and a
Summit of the worldwide leadership, bringing together leaders and
representatives from NIDO Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
All the continental
Boards of Trustees and Chair persons and Stakeholders from different
countries of the world gathered in Abuja to celebrate this event.
Professor Haiwa Ibrahim, presenting a certificate of
Incooporation to the leadership of NIDO Worldwide in Abuja
On the 24th of July,
a courtesy visit was made to the Investment Promotion Commission. While
meeting with the Executive Secretary and the directors of the
one stop Investment council, both sides expressed
their overwhelming support to the course of the new
administration of President Muhammadu Buhariu, as well as the desire
to work closely in order to intensify effort in improving Nigeria's trade
relations with all the countries where Nigerian Diaspora Organisation
operate, and as well, encourage the flow of foreign investments from these
countries to Nigeria.
The NIPC and NIDO
Leadership agreed to work on an MOU that will bind
the new partnership.
Worldwide skpokeman, Dr. George Manuwike who also happend to be the Chairman
of NIDO Europe, expressed appreciation for the warm reception accorded to
the Organisation, while the Board member who lead NIDO America's team,
Professor Haiwa Ibrahim gave the detailed aim of the visit, expressing the
need for new level of coorperation and new ways to move the country forward.
In the same vain,
NIDO Russia was on the limelight, as the chairman of the chapter, Mr. Rex
Essenowo, on his presentation spoke of the need to increase corporations
between Nigeria and Russia, so as to tap the vast intellectual capacity,
technological and economic potentials of both Nigeria and Russia for the
benefits of citizens both in the Diaspora and at home.
He expressed his
dissatisfaction on the low level of Nigeria-Russian Trade relations and
request more action from the council and the Federal government of Nigeria,
so as to increase the government’s participation for the interest of
Nigerians both at home and in Russia.
On 25th of July, NIDO
Worldwide leadership/ stakeholders Summit took continued. The Summit was
successfully marked with sub events and concrete decisions were taken on
further activities of NIDO as a united body with projects presentation, and
later in the day, four working committees were constituted. Also on in
Summit a certificate of Incorporation was presented to the Chair persons of
the continental BOTs by Prof. Haiwa Ibrahim, marking a new stage of
development in the NIDO family.
It was also a happy
and welcomed news at the summit when representatives of NIPC announce that
the Commission has decided to create an office space for NIDO Worldwide at
the NIPC complex in Abuja.
A communiqué to
Summit was later published and on Monday the 27th, was marked by a joint
press conference in Abuja Top Ranks Hotels
NIPC Directors And Members of the NIDO Worldwide Leadership
Posted by SAMUEL.TANINOWO on July
Abuja, July 28, 2015 (NAN) A leading member of Nigerians in the
Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has called for closer bilateral
relations between Nigeria and Russia, saying such a policy would be
immensely beneficial to the two countries.
Mr Rex Essenowo, Chairman, NIDO, Russia chapter, made the call on
Tuesday in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
According to him Nigeria and Russia are strategic partners and
deserve to gain more from each their bilateral relations.
``A good bilateral relation between Nigeria and Russia will foster
technological advancement, tackle insecurity, create jobs and a
healthy economy in the two nations,’’ he said.
Essenowo said it was unfortunate the some Nigerians in the Diaspora
were passing through difficult times.
``My stay in Russia has been very eventful so far; however, some
Nigerians in different parts of the world have experienced different
challenges which are being handled by NIDO,’’ he said.
Essenowo also said there was the need for Nigeria to review some of
its foreign policies to boost the country’s status within the
international community. (NAN)