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FG promises to address challenges faced by Nigerians living in Ghana



The Nigerian government has given assurances to Nigerians living in Ghana of renewed engagement, dedication and commitment to addressing a plethora of challenges confronting them.

The assurances were given by the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa at a Townhall Meeting with Nigerians in Ghana on the sidelines of the African Diaspora Forum, DAF, Award 2024 in Accra, Ghana.

The NIDCOM boss while clarifying one of the many questions bordering on the recent relocation of the Commission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, explained that the agency is already part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and its operations have been seamless.

She also suggested that the integration into the Ministry could strengthen the Commission and enhance engagement because it will now be an agency.

Other questions asked by participants included the very high residence permit fees charged in Ghana, influx of trafficked under-aged girls and boys, the status of Nigerian traders in Ghana, and the need to have a comprehensive list of accredited universities to prevent Nigerian students from being victims of unapproved universities.

They also commended the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo for his innovations in passport application processes.

Dabiri-Erewa also provided insights into NiDCOM’s programmes such as the forthcoming launch of the Diaspora Housing Mortgage Scheme scheduled for April.

She emphasised that the Federal Government, through the Federal Mortgage Bank, will offer a N50 million mortgage to support home ownership in Nigeria for citizens residing abroad.

She said, “This initiative aims to empower Nigerians abroad to own homes in Nigeria, excluding Lagos and Abuja, at favourable rates.”

Dabiri-Erewa highlighted other NiDCOM initiatives such as the Diaspora Investment Summit, Diaspora Quarterly Lecture, National Diaspora Day, and National Diaspora Merit Award, as a platform to address the challenges encountered by Nigerians residing in Ghana.

In his remarks, Ambassador Usman Aliyu Bakori, Head of Mission, expressed appreciation to Dabiri-Erewa for prioritising Diaspora issues and for promptly addressing their concerns whenever called upon.

He also welcomed the housing scheme proposal, stating, “We value your insights. Nigerian citizens in Ghana abide by the law. While we face occasional challenges, we strive to manage them. We appeal to the Federal Government for financial support, especially considering the fluctuating exchange rates affecting our operations in Ghana.”