By Bishop Anthony Abiodun Mayungbo
No doubt Nigerians living abroad are tired and frustrated over there, Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has called on Nigerians in the diaspora to come back home and invest in the country.
Soludo spoke at the Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit 2019, which was organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).
The summit was held at the Presidential Villa Abuja, with the theme: “Leveraging Diaspora Resources for Economic Growth.”
Soludo, who was the keynote speaker at the summit, said that investment in Nigeria should not be seen as charity but to be seen as a duty and responsibility of all.
He added that for any country to leverage its resources for economic growth, it required development and empowerment of its homelands.
He also noted that creation of enabling environment was key in developmental strategy and also the utilisation of human capital.
“Our duty as a marginal contributor in a fast-growing economy is to contribute to a place where your skills and professionalism are required.
“Diaspora on the average has the highest education and skills compared to the person in the homeland.
“We are calling on all Nigerians in the diaspora to come and develop our economy to an enviable height,” Soludo said.
He, however, said that in a time where racism, xenophobia, and terrorism are on the increase, there is need to create an enabling environment in ensuring a prosperous homeland.
“Capital is not colour neutral, so having one that looks like you is important and that is why we need to develop our homeland and make it stronger.
“For example, the Americans have to throw massive resources both in human capital and otherwise for their homeland to be strong and that has made it attractive for foreigners to invest.
“Nigerians have to develop her human capital and have a strategy on the export coming from abroad and within to evaluate her population.
“Our human capital in years to come is going to be bigger than oil because Nigeria has a huge financial and human capital,” he said.
But Nigerians abroad complain alot about insecurity in the country, lack of good electricity, bad roads, kidnapping, the killings, Boko Haram insurgency and so on. Nobody wants to have an investment where you can't visit with peace of mind. What the hear each day about their so called country is very scary.
The few of them that tried investing back home, they where disappointed by fraud and corruption among these same people they want to help.
We must make Nigeria a place where no body from any part of the world will be scared to invest.