Nigerians in diaspora should return home, We have made Nigeria a better place – FG

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, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, made the
appeal at a series of town hall meetings with Nigerians in the US,
assuring that old ways are now giving way to new ways of doing
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 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 her economy.
The president, in line with his constitutional powers, 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 the diasporas for their remittances to Nigeria
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; yes, these are things that happened in the past and we
can’t correct these things overnight.
“This is the truth, there is no way you can make these changes
overnight. But the important thing is that there is a change”.
Onu appealed that the Nigerians should make patriotic decisions
about their country, saying “we can’t all be waiting until everything
is okay in Nigeria before we can return home”
According to him, there are many Bill Gates in Nigeria, adding, we
need to give you the opportunities and we are giving these
“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
“Let’s not look out for ourselves. We have to think of the future,
we have to think of the greatness of our nation.

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