Nigeria is currently experiencing feminisation of migration, the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa stated on Wednesday.
Dabiri-Erewa stated this at a Lecture she delivered on “Migration, Diaspora and Africa’s Development” at the National Defence College for Participants of Course 29 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
She explained that more women are now getting involved in labour migration than men.
The NIDCOM boss described migration as a natural phenomenon that cannot be stopped but must, however, be managed for a positive impact on the migrant, the country of origin and the host country.
She maintained that the Diaspora Phenomena is the product of legitimate migration, hence the need for regular(legal) migration as opposed to irregular(illegal) migration.
Dabiri-Erewa further disclosed that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is in high-level talks with countries especially in Europe to mainstream migration issues for a win-win situation for both destination and departure countries.
The NIDCOM Boss stated that key drivers of migration include: security, economic, environmental, socio-political and other pull and push factors.
On Nigeria Diaspora Population, Dabiri-Erewa said that an estimated 17 million Nigerians are scattered all over the world accomplishing excellent feats in medicine, Health, high tech, education, economy and many others both to their host countries and country of origin.
“In 2019 alone, Nigerians in Diaspora remitted about $25billion dollars to shore up the economy,” she said.
The NIDCOM boss added that the Commission is ever ready to act as a bridge between Nigeria and its Diasporas to harness the abundant human capital, skills and talents to build a formidable nation.
She gave assurances that the Commission has its contact Desks in international and governmental agencies to liaise and speed up intervention processes.
Meanwhile, the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Makanju Mackson Kadiri, Gss, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the wisdom in establishing the Nigerians in Diaspora, Commission, NIDCOM, to Carter for the needs of millions of Nigerians in the
The Commandant and participants also commended the NIDCOM Boss for her passion, dedication and commitment to duty and promised that the National Defence College will always be one of the frontier supporters of the Commission and its objectives.