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Nigerians in the Diaspora send $10.4 billion to Nigeria in the first six months of 2014
| September 03, 2014
On Tuesday, the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that remittances from the Nigerian Diaspora, within the first six months of this year, have reached $10.4 billion. Speaking about the series of interactive sessions between government officials from Nigerian and Nigerians living in the US and Europe, the minister said, âThe sessions are organized by the Debt Management Office, led by its Director-General, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo. It will be recalled that Nigerians in the Diaspora have been seeking ways and means to contribute more to the countryâs development. This interest is backed by substantial capacity: the value of remittances from Nigerians abroad in 2013 was $20.77bn; for the first half of 2014 it was $10.40bn. This includes contributions through remittances to their families, friends and communities, medical missions and provision of scholarships,â The minister added that the Nigerian Diaspora has proven themselves a force to be reckoned with when it came to supporting the growth and development of any country, especially when it came to funding critical development projects. She also said that efforts by the Federal Government are being directed towards building opportunities for Nigerians in the Diaspora. For example, a $300 million Diaspora bond is to be launched by the end of the year and it will enable Nigerians living overseas invest in infrastructure in Nigeria. Analysts say that remittances in 2014 will surpass 2013 remittances, as a larger share of the annual amount come in towards the end of the year.

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"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    September 04, 2014
Ok, you all know we are doing our part helping our people at home thereby helping Nigeria's economy. You also know these monies that we send home are hard-earned monies. A lot of these monies are put on credit card debts that we pay for so many years to come.

Someone once said that Diasporans constitute the "social security" for our people. And it's true. Where can our old parents go when they don't have retirement benefits coming in, in their old age? Where can our brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, etc. go when they don't have jobs or when they lose their jobs and there are no unemployment benefits? What can they do when they are sick and hospitals and/or Doctors are demanding N100,000 or more upfront before treatment? And so on....

We Diasporans demand some respect and less harassment when we visit home. So, tell your Customs or police or military men and women to stop harassing us and demanding bribes from us at the airports when we visit home. Also tell them (or prevent them by enforfcing the laws) that they should stop harassing us and demanding bribes from us when we try to take small "gari", "ogbono", fish, or "egusi" out of the country that are obviously not in commercial quantities.

Don't just acknowledge us; respect, honor and protect us too. Why should it be a living hell when we visit home? We are never relaxed when we visit home. It's usually special preparation, pre-occupied with devising and improvising various defensive or protective tactics, like getting ready for war, when we are getting ready to visit home.

Haba! sebi na home we dey come; wahala dey o. Na wetin be all dis jagba-jantus now? We don't need Oyinbo to come solve our problems for us; sebi we go school and we get sense too. Nna mba!
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