The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has given assurance that before the end of the present administration, the sizeable land earmarked for Diaspora Medical City will be developed.
NIDCOM in a statement issued by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol unit, said the Minister stated this when he received the Management of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM, led by the Chairman/CEO, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The Minister believes that to curb medical tourism such infrastructure seen in developed climes should be replicated in Nigeria —hence his commitment to ensuring that Diaspora Medical City is achieved in earnest.
The Minister also promised to create a conducive environment for massive Diaspora Investment in the Federal Capital Territory in sectors such as real estate, transportation, tourism and allied services, among others.
The Minister said a Diaspora Focal Point Officer has been appointed to interface with the commission from FCT.
Meanwhile the Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa had earlier requested the Minister’s intervention in the appointment of a Diaspora Focal Point Officer and the creation of Diaspora Desk Office in the FCT.
She also requested that the Minister attends and host 2020 National Diaspora Day which coincides with Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary and other Diaspora events in the year.
The Minister readily accepted and promised to participate in all events organised by Nigerians in Diaspora Commission holding in the FCT.
The discussion further dovetailed into various activities of the commission which include the National Diaspora Investment Summit, Plans for a Diaspora investment fund, the successful Nigeria-Saudi Investment Forum, Data Mapping of Nigerians in Diaspora and the Maiden National Diaspora Merit Award 2020, among others.