The Journalists International Forum For Migration(JIFORM) has congratulated the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) over its one year anniversary.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, Ajibola Abayomi, the President/Executive Director of JIFORM described the agency as a mission accomplished given the numerous interventions and tremendous achievements it had recorded so far.
The JIFORM President said the door of the media foundation was open to further collaboration on diaspora matters with NiDCOM and others to halt irregular migration through continued advocacy.
“NiDCOM today is a shining example under Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa. The achievements recorded are direct success stories of the good intentions of the administration of President Muhammad Buhari on passion for the plight of Nigerians abroad. Certainly Dabiri-Erewa and her team have made the nation proud.
“It would surprise many Nigerians that NiDCOM even as we speak is yet to have a befitting structure of its own as an office yet it has established so many connections with Nigerians abroad by protecting their interests. Hundreds of challenged and stranded Nigerians had been rescued at different times which JIFORM can confirm. Many of these sets of Nigerians were stranded and had no means to return home but when we pleaded for assistance, NiDCOM was there to do the needful.
“We have also noted the interesting dimension of luring foreign direct investment to Nigeria by encouraging Nigerians abroad to invest at home. We had witnessed excellent coordination and relationship with Nigerian foreign missions and embassies that is helping to brighten the image of Nigeria.
“JIFORM is proud of this unique establishment despite paucity of funds, it has delivered beyond expectation. No wonder experience counts, Dabiri-Erewa had been chairman of the diaspora committee of House of Reps for eight out of the twelve years she spent at the federal legislative house.
“All we can say is that there is a need to keep the flag flying and sustain the good tempo. NiDCOM is just outstanding as if it had been in existence for over 10 years. Thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative and thank you NiDCOM for serving the nation well. Congratulations to the team.”