December 5, 2011
The building blocks of the first Diaspora National Development Strategy was laid bare in Berlin, Germany by Collins Nweke, Chairman of the reconstituted Board of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Europe at a Business Dinner organised by NIDO Germany, announcing that the Nigerian Diaspora has resolutely chosen a proactive approach to national development interventions from the Diaspora vantage point. “Trade & Investment is a cornerstone of the development strategy, at least for the period 2012 – 2014” disclosed Collins Nweke in his first official engagement since elected Chairman of the organisation on 19 November 2011. “That our main policy focus is Trade & Investment should not come as surprise to any careful onlooker given the dire need for wealth creation in Nigeria and enhanced economic growth through injection of impetus into the non-oil sector” he asserted while delivering a presentation at the occasion on Saturday 3 December 2011. “It is also an imperative of our time to work in consonance with government national economic priorities in a concerted manner, so that sooner than later, the trickledown effect will translate to job creation particularly for our teeming young unemployed or underemployed youths” explained Nweke in his intervention entitled “The Diaspora and Strategic Options for Nigeria Economic Development”
The Business Dinner was attended by Nigerian Diaspora and German businesses, including the Embassy of Nigeria in Germany and organised by the German Chapter of NIDO Europe, one of the 18 Chapters of the organisation dotted around major Capitals of Europe.
Next to Trade & Investment and Youth Empowerment / Employment, the newly elected NIDO Europe Chairman signalled other policy areas as: Political Reforms, Basic Education, Health and Security. Justifying the strategic choices of the organisation, Nweke explained that “the development challenges facing the country do not start and end with the chosen areas, but that these are the policy areas where the Diaspora has the human and financial capital to enable it make its impact felt. These are the low-hanging fruits that do not require a ladder to enable us pluck” he explained. He underlined that a tread has to run through these seemingly loose policy areas to achieve policy cohesion. The Chairman, who is a former General Secretary of the organisation and a current Councillor for Social Affairs at Ostend City Council in Belgium further disclosed that the Board of Trustees is currently in consultation with diverse policy actors with a view to developing a broad-based operational strategy. NIDO Europe plans a public presentation of the Diaspora National Development Strategy 2012 – 2014 at an event to be convened, possibly in London, in early 2012. It will be an occasion to assemble all partners; public and private, to officially unfold the programmes and projects of the organisation and kick-start a new working period.
Other speakers at the Business Dinner included the host of the occasion the Chapter Chairman of NIDOE Germany, Engr. Sebastian Udeajah; Founder of Transparency International, Prof. Peter Eigen, while the German Chancellor was represented by her G8 Personal Representative for Africa, Mr Günter Nooke.
For further enquiries or an interview with Collins Nweke please contact the undersigned.
Collins Nweke |Chairman NIDO Europe
Benson Osawe | General Secretary
Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE) is the European arm of a global Nigerian Diaspora network. Established in the year 2000 and registered in England and Wales in 2002 under the Companies Act, the organization’s Headquarters is in London from where it serves its 18 Regional Chapters in 17 European Countries under the trade name Organisation of All Nigerians in Diaspora.
Membership of the organization is open to all Nigerians, 18 years and above and resident in Europe. Corporate membership is open to all Nigerian professional and community organizations in Europe.
NIDOE provides an umbrella to all Nigerians in Europe. In concert with the other continental arms of NIDO in the Americas, Asia and Africa, the organization is the largest assembly of Nigerians worldwide.
The Government of Nigeria recognizes the organization as the official platform through which individual Nigerian Diaspora and corporate bodies can channel their developmental efforts to Nigeria. In this sense, the organization partners with both public and private businesses in focused areas such as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), professional networking, stakeholder advocacy and skills transfer to Nigeria.
The highest organ of NIDOE is the General Assembly made up of members across Europe. The Organization is governed by its Board of Trustees (BoT), who are fit, proper and accomplished individuals drawn from its membership and representing diverse professions. The 18 Regional Chapters are governed by Chapter Executives headed by a Chapter Chairperson. The BoT and Chapter Representatives meet yearly at a Summit to review policy and chart new directions for the organization. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) holds on yearly basis. The organization has an Advisory Board with a mandate to provide advice and counseling to the organization through the Board of Trustees.