By Bukar Bolori
India has expressed her willingness to share her experience in management of Diaspora issues with Nigeria.
The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Shri Balasubramanian, who paid a courtesy visit on the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja made the offer on Wednesday.
The High Commissioner while commending NIDCOM for building a strong link with her diaspora in the last three years of its establishment, noted that the diaspora is a very positive force to India’s development.
Balasubramanian who expressed his eagerness to collaborate with the Commission to successfully share the Indian diaspora experience, stated further that more than 60,000 Indians have made Nigeria their homes across the 36 states of the country, with a larger number residing in Lagos.
The Indian High Commissioner added that the relationship between both countries has remained robust and cordial even before Nigeria got her independence, stressing that there are more than 135 Indian companies in Nigeria and nearly 20 billion dollars worth of investment generated in Nigeria.
The High Commissioner stated that continuity and change is a part of life for Indians while collaboration is a great step to the development of India and Nigeria. He added that three to four generations of Indians are in Nigeria and are settling well into the system.
Responding, Dabiri-Erewa warmly welcomed the partnership and collaboration, stating that “life is about learning, as long as you are a human being, you should always be ready to learn”, adding that there is a lot to draw from India and her Diaspora.
The NIDCOM boss assured Balasubramanian that this new engagement will enhance socio-cultural exchanges and fast track development of the two countries.