... As Gov. Zulum, Dr Yemi-Esan, Others, gets set for Summit
By Paul Ukpabio
The Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit (NDDIS) has announced that the Head of the Civil Service of Nigeria, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, will be leading the Federal government of Nigeria delegation to this year’s Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit in London.
According to the Founder of the organisation, Prince Bimbo Roberts Folayan, other key speakers expected at this year’s summit, will include, the Executive Governor of Borno state, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, Permanent Secretaries of ministries, Director Generals of Federal agencies, and Chief Medical Directors from both public and private medical institutions, as well as delegates from Nigerian states yet to be confirmed.
Folayan said further, that the Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and the Nigerian High Commission are some of the government institutions that are lending a helping hand to ensure that this event will be instrumental in fostering economic growth and strengthening ties between the Nigerian Diaspora community and the home country. This underscores the government’s commitment to engaging with its diaspora and leveraging their resources for the benefit of the nation.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for networking, investment promotion, and showcasing the potential of Nigeria as an investment destination. The summit will likely cover various sectors such as Health, technology, agriculture, Sports, infrastructure, and more, presenting exciting prospects for collaboration and development. The former British Ambassador in Africa and Senior Trade Adviser on Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth office Tim Morris, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, are confirmed speakers amongst several other,” Folayan added.
Also speaking to newsmen, NDDIS, Head of Media, Lady Doyin Ola, said that, the summit will mark 10 years of mobilising investments into Nigeria and Africa in general and aims to explore opportunities for international and Diaspora investors to contribute to the development of Nigeria and the African continent. Folayan, the Founder of the organisation, also revealed that the NDDIS has joined forces with Ethos Assets, who will be offering financial support for promising projects showcased at the summit. The Theme for this year’s summit is: Renew Nigeria, Renew Africa 2023
“This summit which will be chaired by His Excellency, Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Ishola, will be held at the Prestigious Holiday Inn, Kensignton High Street, London. Apart from presentations, opportunities for networking sessions to enable delegates connect in a B2B environment, will be possible, as this year’s summit is expected to have a panel of discussants led by the Pro-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Senator (Dr) Lanre Tejuoso, who will lead the panel of UK, Diaspora and Nigerian Medical experts to discuss what steps need to be taken to rescue Nigeria’s health sector,” Lady Doyin Ola added.