In a bid to enhance the integration and welfare of labour migrants in foreign countries, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has restated the need to deepen collaboration with the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC).

This initiative aligns with the “Renewed Hope” agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

During a recent visit to her office in Abuja by Director General of DTAC, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakubu, Hon. Dabiri-Erewa emphasized the importance of providing guidance to volunteers before they depart Nigeria. She stressed the necessity of equipping them with the knowledge and skills to effectively interact with their host countries and the Nigerian communities abroad.

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In response, Hon. Yakubu echoed the urgency of bridging the gap between Nigerian Missions and the global diaspora community. He called for a significant shift in the approach to engaging with the Diaspora and the establishment of dedicated desk offices in foreign missions.

“When we deploy volunteers for soft power, we are expanding the Diaspora community that you interact with. Hence, there is a substantial amount of work to be done collaboratively, particularly to ensure that they project a positive image of our country abroad,” Yakubu stated.

DTAC is a parastatal under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, functioning as Nigeria’s instrument of soft diplomacy. It was established in 1985 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, with the primary purpose of dispatching Nigerian professionals abroad to engage in volunteer work.