By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerians in Diaspora to support President Muhammedu Buhari’s administration to pull the country out of recession. Saraki said that Diaspora Nigerians should deploy their abundant skills and expertise which are in dire need in the country at this time.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Sanni Onogu, said that Saraki made the appeal during an interactive forum, organized at his instance, for the Nigerian community in Switzerland.
It said that Saraki who led the National Assembly delegation to the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva, expressed his confidence that Nigerians in Diaspora have the skills and competences required to assist the government in its efforts to exit the current recession and for the progressive development of the country through investments.
Saraki said the Senate and by extension the 8th National Assembly is working at passing legislation that would encourage Nigerians living abroad to return and invest at home even as he asked for their input on the kind of laws they want put in place to make their return profitable.
Saraki told reporters after the event, attended by over 100 Nigerians, comprising students, businessmen and professionals living in Switzerland, that the session was necessary to apprise the Nigerian community of the situation of things back home and the opportunities for collaboration that exist.
He said, “We find that it has become very necessary to interact and share ideas with Nigerians here because a lot of people are not well informed of what the responsibilities of the National Assembly are and some of the work we have been doing, both regarding passing new legislation that would improve the lives of Nigerians and to also give them a picture of the economy which today is a topic of great concern to all Nigerians both in and outside the country – particularly those in the Diaspora.
“We want to really send a message across that the recession is a phase that we are passing through and hopefully, I am confident that very soon we will come out of it. But to come out of it, we have to take certain steps.
“The steps that we hope to take in collaboration with the executive and the prospects ahead of us as a country – both for them in the Diaspora and the role they can play in working together with government to move the country forward,” he said.
He urged his country men and women in Switzerland to partner with the government in critical sectors of the economy by deploying their capacity and making good investments, even as the National Assembly is putting laws in place to make it attractive for them to participate profitably in the economy back home.