Nigerians in the diaspora have been urged to take advantage of the numerous opportunities on offer to investors in Nigeria.
The comments were made by Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan who noted that despite the numerous challenges facing the country, there were vast opportunities for any investor willing to take the opportunity.
The Governor was speaking at the British-Africa Diasporan Conference, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Nigeria at the Houses Of Parliament in Westminster.
Uduaghan spoke concerning the economic challenges Nigeria was facing in the development and maintenance of infrastructure, governance and security, factors which could potentially put off investors.
He however, assured the audience that on his part, his government was working towards mitigating the challenges in order to develop other sectors so as to reduce the state’s dependency on oil revenues.
Governor Aliyu Wamako of Sokoto state also spoke at the event, urging Nigerians in the diaspora to work together. He observed that Nigerians living abroad have more cohesion as a community when they are outside the country, but change their attitude when they are back home.
He stressed that the key to Nigeria’s development was unity and that every Nigerian, regardless of ethnicity should work together for the common good of the country.
Chairperson of the All Party Parliamentary group on Nigeria, Meg Hillier praised Nigerians living in the UK for their drive and tenacity. ‘Nigerians are the second most successful immigrant group in the UK after Americans,’ she said.
She decried the negative portrayal of Nigeria in the media pledging to work with all parties concerned to make sure that Nigerians get the recognition they deserve.
During the event, some members of a group claiming to be from Biafra protested against the amalgamation of Nigeria. The group attempted to disrupt the event but the situation was quickly contained.
The event, organised by Tunde Alabi, Executive Director of African Partnership Development was also attended by Newcastle Upon Tyne MP Chi Onwurah, Sam Foxman; Director Developed Africa and Ade Aminu; acting Mayor of Lambeth Council as well as representatives from the Association of Nigerians in the Metropolitan Police and Law Enforcement Agents.
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