– The federal government of Nigeria has urged Nigerians living abroad to return home
– The government said with their presence in the country will help in making Nigeria great
– It also gave assurance that things are turning new leaves in the country

The federal government has appealed to Nigerians in the diaspora to return home and help build the Nigeria of everybody’s dream, assuring them that things are changing in the country. Minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, made the appeal at a series of town hall meetings with Nigerians in the United States. He told them that old ways of doing things are now giving way to new ways.

The minister was in the US to sensitise Nigerians abroad on the presidential executive order V signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in February, to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the order is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving Nigeria’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.

The president ordered that all “procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007”.

Onu thanked Nigerians in diasporas for their remittances estimated at 22 billion dollars yearly, saying it is a major contribution for our nation “but we want you to return home”. The minister said: “Please we want you to return home, it is important. Not everybody will return but some can start coming home, and that’s the essence.” ”We are telling you that things are changing in Nigeria, this is the message, that’s why I’m here. I heard all the complaints – people will do this and nobody responds and all that and so on; yes, these are things that happened in the past and we can’t correct these things just overnight.”

“This is the truth, there is no way you can make these changes and then make the corrections and all that overnight. But the important thing is that there is a change.” Onu appealed to the Nigerians to make a patriotic decisions about their country, saying: “We can’t all be waiting until everything is okay in Nigeria before we can return home.”. He said: “If there were pioneers that built America, there must be pioneers to build Nigeria. Please I beg you, let us not wait until everything is ready. Somebody has to get it ready. If we keep waiting until everything is ready, it may never be. We must decide that we have to look at the future of our children and grand children”

“Let’s not look about ourselves. So we have to think of the future, we have to think of the greatness of our nation.” He said Nigeria had never had it like this before about the level of infrastructure development that was going on in our country, stressing that the country is having changes across board. “Things are changing in our country, and if all of us can walk together, if we can do that, then we can now build a great nation that all of us would be proud of.This is the message and I believe that this is also your intentions that our nation will be a great nation. Please, you should never have any doubt about the future of our country.”

“We have some of the most intelligent people in the world. I can tell you this because I know those Nigerians who have done so well in the best universities, in the best research centres in the world.” According to him, the executive order will make money for Nigeria and Nigerians, create jobs for the citizens, fight poverty and increase the middle class in the nation.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the chairman, Senate committee on foreign affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, had said the upper chamber was pushing for diaspora voting in the 2019 general elections. Sunmonu on Thursday, December 29, said that giving franchise to Nigerians abroad would give the impression that “they are part of the system”, adding that her committee had suggested how Nigerians in the Diaspora could vote in future elections.

Rahaman Abiola / NAIJ

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