Nigerians abroad to send N3.27 trillion home in 2012 – World Bank report… Vanguardngr.com

Nigerian workers worldwide are expected to remit N3.27 trillion ($21 billion) back home in 2012, almost a 100 percent increase above N1.65 trillion ($10.6 billion) recorded in 2011, according to a new World Bank brief on global migration and remittances.

Nigeria is ranked the fifth among the top recipients of remittances this year.

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This huge investment in their home land is a tremendous sacrifice they have chosen to make in order to ensure the survival of their loved ones in Nigeria and to contribute to the development of the country.
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In addition to the money sent, these patriotic Nigerians also travel to Nigeria every opportunity they get bringing billions of dollars, pounds and Euros with them to invest in their home land. This untracked money could run into several billions since they did not go through the official world banking transactions.

MONEY SENT HOME BY YOU HELP BUILD THE COUNTRY.

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$21 billion is a lot of money. It is bigger than the GDP of Ninety one independent countries.

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$21 billion is higher than the GDP of 38 African countries.

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If Nigerians in the Diaspora were to be a nation, our population will larger than that of over 150 countries of the world.

If $21 billion constitutes only 3% of the earnings of Nigerians in the Diaspora, our collective purchasing power is over $700 billion, LARGER that the GDP over 176 countries.

We are the THE GIANT OF AFRICA

The Giant of Africa May not be in Africa. The Giant of Africa consists of 20 million Nigerians scattered across the globe.

Nigerians are passionate and dedicated to their country.

In spite of this dedication, the average Nigerian in the Diaspora is treated with contempt by the same leaders they look up to as protectors of the constitution and to protect their participation in the democratic principles and processes our leaders talk about all the time.

The question is whose fault is this? Is it the Nigerians in the Diaspora who have failed to demand their rights or the leaders who refused to acknowledge those rights?

Our leaders want to give Nigerians in the Diaspora the vote in 2015.

 The question is Do you want the VOTE?

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Why do you want to vote?

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If you don’t fight for this vote, you’ll never be able to live with yourself

Your children will never have a vote
Your grandchildren will remain in the wilderness
For ever because they may not even realize they belong to Nigeria since they may not share the same bond you have with the country.

Speaker of the House, Honorable Tambuwal Hails Nigerians in Diaspora

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Diaspora Nigerians sent $21 billion home in 2012. Speaker House of Representatives Hon. Amino Tambuwal, hailed Nigerians in Diaspora over their contribution towards the economic development of the country. He was represented by House leader Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, said Nigerians in Diaspora have helped in no small measure in uplifting the living standards of their brethren at home. He said that Nigerians in Diaspora could play pivotal roles in government’s effort to advance the social and economic development in the country. The house, Tambuwal said was working on ways to encourage Nigerians in the Diaspora to always remember home and contribute more meaningfully to national development. He said that in addition to monetary remittances, Nigerians living abroad would be encouraged to invest in emerging industries. He charged the house committee on Diaspora to ensure the protection of Nigerians living abroad as Diaspora issues had become an important place in the country’s political agenda.

Nigerians sent home $20 billion in 2012.

How to leverage our purchasing power to help develop our country.

We are individually strong, but collectively weak. There are over 20 million Nigerians in the Diaspora, with over $700 million in purchasing power.

Do you even know how much power you posses when you join hands with your fellow Nigerians in the Diaspora to change cause of the history of your country?

As stated by Archimedes, Give me a lever and I will move the world.

Let your lever be your fellow Nigerians so you can move your country to a different level.

Movemocracy……

Movement of the people by the people for the people

Movemocracy…

To achieve democratic independence, you must create a movement that entrenches democracy. Once you have entrenched democratic principles, then you can look forward to a perfect union.

Nigeria’s coat of arms is unity and faith, peace and progress,

If you don’t have democracy, the chances of continued unity, peace and progress are slim to none.

A well informed populous is essential to a democracy

If you don’t have a stake in the country, then you can’t ask to be listened to. It’s called skin in the game.

If you can’t fight for your basic human right, what will you fight for?

The Nigerian National assembly recently tried to pass a bill known as the Diaspora bill. The purpose of this bill is to create a department that caters to the needs of Nigerians in the Diaspora. This bill was sponsored by Honorable Abike Dabiri Erewa, Chairman Diaspora Committee. Even though this bill was defeated, there are fresh efforts to resubmit the bill. While I want to applaud the sponsors and supporters of this bill, I also noticed that their work is not done.

Nigerians living living in the Diaspora expect more and through this medium I want to implore all Nigerians and especially members of the National Assembly, leaders of political parties, leaders of civil society groups, religious leaders, business leaders and the progressive and dynamic youths of our country to come out in support of Diaspora voter legislation before the next national election of 2015.

President Jonathan’s Promise to Secure the Vote for Nigerians in Diaspora.

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I especially want to appeal to the current administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to keep the promise he made to Nigerians in the Diaspora “that he will fight for their right to vote in the 2015 election. At the time, President Jonathan stated that time was too short for him to fight for Diaspora vote in 2011. I know the President is a man of honor, and keeping a promise is one mark of honor.

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