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Congratulation to Senator Justice Ekpo Nta

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Dear Justice Ekpo Nta,

NIDO – Europe congratulates you on your appointment as “full -time “Commissioner of National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission NSIWC, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

As a seasoned, tested and trusted impeccable public servant and former Chairman of the respected Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), NIDO Europe, together with all NIDO continental chapters entrust you to continue to do the needful.

We remain at the service of your office as one of the center points of authority in NIDO Worldwide. We look forward to welcoming you soon to NIDO Europe AGM in Portugal in November 2017 to enlighten the Diaspora on how we could continue to support your office and hope you will also use the opportunity to introduce NIDO Europe to the new Chairman of ICPC for a continued collaboration with the Diaspora.

May wisdom, courage and achievements chart your path

Gunmen invade in St Philip’s Catholic Church at Ozubulu town in Anambra state killing over 6 people around 7am on 6th August 2017

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Gunmen invade St Philip’s Catholic Church killed 6 people at Ozubulu town  around 7am this morning

 

On behalf of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe we wish to express our condolence to the community, the people of Ozubulu in Anambra state, Nigeria and the bereaved families as they mourn their beloved ones, whose lives have been cut short in such a gruesome and untimely manner by gunmen today Sunday, the 6th August of 2017 in the house of God.

We pray and hope that our law enforcement agencies will track down the culprits and bring them to book speedily. In the meanwhile we pray for comfort and healing for the Ozubulu people in Anambra state and all communities across Nigeria who have witnessed such massacres in the past.

Apostle HelenRuth Dorkenoo
Continental Public Relations Officer/Asst. Gen. Sec
NIDO Europe

NIDO Worldwide Coordinating Chairman, Kenneth Gbandi, Reveals Diaspora Projects

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The theme of this year´s Diaspora Day Conference is PROMOTING DIASPORA PARTICIPATION AND ENGAGEMENT FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT” – On behalf of NIDO Worldwide made of the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, I am honored to give the project highlights – The Diaspora Day conference 2017 is project based, which has already been highlighted. All projects will be presented under the flagship of NIDO worldwide. We will take it upon ourselves in corporation with the NNVS and the relevant ministry and agencies to drive the projects and some of them are already in implementation stages. – The aim of this projects executive summary is to enable His excellencies and Distinguished Honorable members have the opportunity of firsthand information before finally taking his leave.

Our experience in the past is that after our key and distinguished guest of honors take their leave, the diasporas ends up talking to themselves. – We hope to change this by giving some brief highlights of the projects Without wasting so much time, on behalf of NIDO Worldwide made of the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas I am honored to give the NIDO Worldwide project highlights.

A: DIASPORA CANCER AND TRAUMA CENTER & SPECIALIST HOSPITAL IN ENUGU 

This is a CHARITY based medical service targeting patients with limited income. – The Diaspora Cancer and Trauma center is A NIDO-Africa project under the NIDOWW flagship – It is established in 2017 and Located, Enugu State – It offers a comprehensive health system that offers a professional service in medical service in areas of i) Cancer ii) trauma and general medicine iii) Eye operations iv) Maternity care v) Venerable disease prevention vi) Primary health care vii) Clinical training to students Diaspora Medical professionals will use this hospital as a united based for voluntary medical service.

B: ELECTRICAL PLANTS BY HYBRID GENERATORS (EPHG) –

This project is the brain child of Nikentolad Energy Limited in collaboration with NIDO Europe under the flagship of NIDOWW – It is a new world-class Hybrid Power Generating Technology in the Renewable Energy Solutions to address part of Nigeria Energy problem. – The Technology is designed to continuously generate clean green electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year – This ultra-efficiency technology is non-polluting, completely Green – The project is on Build, Own, Operate and Maintain (BOOM) basis, with up to 25years period of maturity of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) at NO cost to the Nigerian Government

C: Diaspora Youths Empowerment Solar Energy Installer’s Basic Training and ICT Capacity Building –

The program is designed to train Nigerian youths who have attained a specific level of education to acquire skills in renewable energy and ICT thereby creating an ICT and Green energy youths conscious society. – This project is designed to train 18.000 youths within two years with the support of China Aerospace and Golden Energy Germany – The first phase of ICT trainees already commenced at td4pai Digital Hub in Kuje, Abuja – The twin Project are designed to make a conscious effort to create Green Energy society, transfer of solar technology to Nigeria and ICT capacity building – The ICT Project prime solution is the AMADIOHA (Internet of place) “IoT” PLATFORM, an indigenous Platform for Smart Technology that links both the cyber and physical worlds together creating cyber-physical system. This is already in its testing phase

D: ICT Workshop

NIDO Americas under the flagship of NIDOWW already organized a Free 5- Day ICT Workshop in collaboration with Harmony Innovation Hub in Gwarinpa, Abuja – It started Monday 24th July until 28th July 2017. – Core courses are: A. Artificial intelligence and Cyber Security B. Web Development C. Mobile App Development D. Python Programming

E: NIDO Americas 2018 IDP Vocational Training and Empowerment Project.

Core vocations:

A. Auto mechanic

B. Bricklaying and brick molding

C. Carpentery and Funiture Joinery

D. Fashion Design and Tailoring

E. House Painting

F. Welding

Two Applications will also be launched His Excellency,

These will be some of the projects that will be presented in details today by experts. If we have awaking your interest, we will kindly urge us to stay back during the second part of the program for and exciting presentation and interaction. Thank you so much.

Corrupt image affecting Nigeria abroad – NIDO leaders declare in Abuja

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Hon. Kenneth Gbandi(right), continental chairman of NIDO Europe, speaking to an NTA reporter in Abuja on the efforts of the group to revamp Nigerian image internationally

The Nigerian Diaspora Day kicked off in Abuja today. The annual event brings together Nigerians resident abroad and representatives of the federal government and its agencies to discuss areas of partnership in national development.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on the eve of the Diaspora Day, leaders of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, NIDO, said that the issue corruption is affecting Nigeria’s image and economy.

Addressing journalists at the weekend, NIDO’s principal officers, including Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, Continental chairman, NIDO Europe; Barrister Samuel Gbenga Adewusi, Continental chairman, NIDO Americas; Dr Victor Njinmah, Chairman Board of Trustees, NIDO Germany; and Alhaji Abdullahi Dauda, Local Organising Committee of Diaspora Day 2017, said they had decided to address the menace of corruption in line with the anti-corruption stance of the federal government.

Hon. Gbandi said it was important to correct the growing impression that all Nigerians were corrupt. “We can’t paint white black just for some people to be happy,” he cautioned. “Is there corruption in Nigeria? Absolutely. One leader once said that we have corruption in Nigeria but Nigeria is not corruption and you cannot say that every Nigerian or Nigeria as a nation is corrupt. We have some people here. But I think we have different laws to deal with corrupt people in Nigeria.”

Hon. Kenneth Gbandi said the 2017 Diaspora Day will also focus on how the government can create an enabling environment for the Nigerian Diaspora to contribute to national development. He emphasized that only when the conditions are right can the Diaspora make meaningful contributions

 

Gbandi explained that the popular perception in the international community that Nigeria was corrupt was having an adverse effect not only on its image but also discourages foreign investment in its economy.

“We want to begin to change those perceptions about Nigeria being a corrupt country. I can tell you that most of the reforms in Nigeria actually are from the Diaspora,” he said.

The Hamburg, Germany-based media entrepreneur, communal politician and development consultant, also dwelled on how Nigerians abroad were having a positive impact on the country. “It wasn’t until 2015 that we decided that NIDO has to tell its own stories so that people will know what NIDO has done and continues to do,” he continued.

“Apart from the fact that NIDO comprised professional groups of people all over world – Asia, Africa, US and Europe, what we have is that the brain power within NIDO cannot be over emphasized. We are talking about serious technology transfer that is going on behind the scenes that many Nigerians don’t know of,” he explained.

The theme of Diaspora Day 2017, which takes place on 25-26 July, is “Promoting Diaspora Participation and Engagement for National Development”.

According to Gbandi, the 2017 Diaspora Day will also focus on how the government can create an enabling environment for the Nigerian Diaspora to contribute to national development. He emphasized that only when the conditions are right can the Diaspora make meaningful contributions.

“At our last Project Meeting in Dortmund, NIDOE members presented different trade and investment plans which if realized will help Nigeria move forward,” Gbandi added. He is confident that the 2017 Day will be a huge success as the indications from Abuja are that the present federal government is very interested in tapping the potential of the Diaspora in its efforts to rejuvenate the country’s economy.

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Nigerians in diaspora to launch multi-billion dollar model cities in Abuja, others

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Nigerians in diaspora have hinted of plans to launch a model city in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), The Nation has learnt.

The project which is in partnership with the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), will also be replicated in Port Harcourt, Benin, Lagos and Enugu.

The initiative which is the brainchild of the Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), according to the group will be known as FHA Diaspora city and it is to be insitutionalised as a model for doing business in Nigeria.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja in preparation for this year’s Diaspora Day celebration, NIDO’s Worldwide Coordinating Chairman, Kenneth Gbandi said Nigerians abroad are facing too many challenges due to the corruption scourge confronting the country.

According to him, the project was meant to address the negative perception foreign investors have about doing business in the country.

He regretted that it was the corruption issue that led to the blacklisting of Nigeria’s Internet Protocol which has made it impossible for anyone to engage financial transaction on the Internet with other parts of the world.

While noting that the contributions of Nigerians abroad to the nation’s economy cannot be overemphasised, Gbenga Adewuyi, Chairman, NIDO USA, said having remitted $24b back home in addition to fully subscribed $300m Diaspora bond, efforts should be made to deal with corruption with strong law and political will to implement it.

NIDO WW leadership visits NASS

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NIDO WW leadership, paid a courtesy visit to the NASS on Thursday, 26th January 2017. The delegation shared with NASS and relevant agencies the role of NIDO in development and nation building while defining the Diaspora inclusion road map. The intercontinental NIDO WW delegation met with the Senate President Dr. Bukola Sariki, Hon Speaker of the House of Reps Rt Hon Dogara, distinguished senator Rose Okoh (Chairman Senate Committee on Diaspora Affairs), and Hon Barrister Rita Orji (Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs). The delegation further met with Debt Management Office (DMO) as well as with National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). The delegation discussed Diaspora Bond, Diaspora Commission, Diaspora Policy, Diaspora Voting Right, Diaspora Database, the Visa Waver, defining NIDO-NASS partnership, Diaspora Village, and Diaspora Day. In all these discussions the delegation emphasized the imperatives of harvesting the benefits of Diaspora inclusion and the consequences of Diaspora exclusion. All four continental NIDO organisations were fully and ably represented in the delegation. The Senate President and the Speaker gave their assurances that all the items discussed are in the interest of national development and that they will deployment the full extent of their legislative authority to actualize the national development issues raised by the delegation without any undue delay.

Summary note by Dr. Camillus Konkwo (Social Welfare & Events Director),CEC/ NIDO Europe

Charles O’Tudor to Speak at NIDO Leadership Retreat in Germany

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Widely acclaimed brand management expert, public speaker and the principal consultant of Adstrat Brand Management Consortium, Charles O’Tudor, will be speaking at this year’s Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) conference tagged ‘Continental Europe Orientation and Leadership Retreat’ in Germany between February 17 and 18, 2017.

Based on his pedigree in brand intelligence and advocacy, O’Tudor will be speaking on the topic ‘NIDO Brand and External Relations’. Among other things, he is expected to speak on the roles of Nigerians in the diaspora in rebranding Nigeria, rekindling the fire of patriotism to the nation with an unflinching love and loyalty to same.

Other speakers include Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs), Senator Rose Oko (Senate Committee on Foreign and Diaspora Affairs), Hon. Rita Orji (Chairperson House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs), Mr. Ekpo Nta (Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Alistair Soyode FCPA (Founder BEN TV, Commandant NIDMC, former Board Chairman 2009 – 2011), Dr. Hon. Collins Nweke (Councillor, Management Consultant, former NIDO Board Chairman 2011 – 2013), among others. In all, brand enthusiasts and most especially those who never had an encounter with Mr. O’Tudor are looking forward to learning more interesting facts about brand management and strategies.

Over the years, O’Tudor has carved a niche for himself by providing brand management for some of Nigeria’s biggest brands. He has handled accounts of brands spanning the construction, aviation, fashion, telecommunications, banking, furniture, entertainment, education, hospitality and pharmaceutical industries.

As regards brand advocacy, O’Tudor is the brain behind BrandsArise, a social emancipation initiative anchored on the philosophy that when individuals rise, their communities will rise and ultimately the nation will rise. It is about translating an unknown brand into a successful brand and it has been hosted in several locations in Nigeria. As a public speaker and commentator, he has graced several significant public functions where he gave historic lectures on branding.

O’Tudor is a member of Junior Chamber International Hall of All Time Fame of Exemplary Leaders and also recipients of several awards and honours locally and internationally.

NIDO Europe Media Summit 2016

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The immediate objective of the NIDOE 2016-2018 legislative period is a holistic re-strategizing and repositioning of NIDOE to make it a self-sufficient is meeting first the needs of its members, and project-driven and the ability in promoting national development especially in business, trade & investment opportunities and providing a professional resource pool from where the Diaspora and National developmental interests could be managed in a transparent but secure, respectful but fair manner, inducing growth in the areas of economic, social, academic, political, entertainment activities where our people seek to position themselves.

To achieve this, the Board will embark on a targeted and professional media relation to help in creating traction within non-active members, potential NIDOE members and the public within and outside Europe. The Media summit which will be one of the early deliverable and tangible call to action will explore ways on how the New and Social Media will be of maximum advantage in the task of image repositioning and grassroots support mobilization in addressing aims of objectives of NIDOE in addressing pressing national issues including knowledge transfer, youth’s empowerments, investment drive and Nigerian and European cultural exchange program.

At the end, we aim to use the summit to create a mutually, sustainable NIDOE-Media relationship and strategy for supporting NIDOE social economic development program 2016-2018. This will also include frame work for a “Media and Strategic team” that will be responsible for presenting NIDOE position in the Media on important national issues. Click Here to Download Brochure