It was an incredible day for Nigerians in diaspora on Feb. 24th, especially in the State of Delaware, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa who is a Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora along side Hon. Tolulope Akande Shadipe a member, House of Representatives, representing Oluyole federal constituency also an alumni of American University in Washington, DC visited Deleware.
They were hosted and fully welcomed by the Governor of Deleware State. Gov. John Carney, ushered them to his office and had bilateral discussions with them, Abike Dabiri explained the reasons why Nigeria and Deleware can work together in terms of agriculture which Delaware is known for, healthcare sector, entrepreneurship, education, basically partnership in all spheres of life based on level of professionalism in America and also talked about making it easier for people from diaspora to come home, even if they do not need to relocate, they now have a good platform for that.
The issue of immigration ban was also tackled, Abike Affirmed that the Nigerian Government is doing everything possible to resolve the issue and they are putting up measures based on the concerns of the United State Government. Hon. Tolu addressed the questions and fears about insecurity in Nigeria. She assured the Nigerians in Diaspora that Government is active working on tthat. Hon Abike also addressed the questions from the town hall audience about the Nigerian borders being closed.
Hon Abike and Hon. Tolulope also met with the Mayor of Wilmington and discussed about partnering with the city of Wilmington for businesses.
Abike encouraged Nigerians in Diaspora to work with her and the Commission, to ensure economic growth and great advancement for Nigerians in Diaspora.
In each of her Visit she retraited that Nigerian are not criminals, the Nigerian government has been doing all they can to meet the criteria requested by the United states to ensure the immigration ban is lifted.
They where fully welcomed by the City Counsel, as well as the Delaware black caucus . This delegation was put together and organised by Deleware African and Caribean Affairs Commission which is sphere headed by Wale Adelegunja as the chairman, alongside Commissioner Lorraine Badley, Commissioner Desmond Baker, Commissioner Aliyu, Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker.
The reception of the event was held at the Buena Vista Hall, in attendance were the Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-long, Deleware State Auditor in Chief Kathy McGuiness, State Rep Sherry Dorsey Walker, Kendra Johnson, Frank Cooke, Delaware African Coalition, Deleware African Caribean Coalition Nigerian Community of Delaware, Council for Economic of African Descent (CEDAD), Delaware Black Caucus, Prof Douglas buttrey from University of Deleware and Dr. Anderson from Deleware State University. Nigerians who owns businesses in Deleware were in attendance represented by their organisations, and many other organisations.
A town hall meeting where Nigerians gathered together to have a question and answer segment with Hon. Abike Dabiri and Hon. Tolulope Shadipe .
Facilitated and made possible by The Jemimah Show, it was anchored by Jemimah Chuks the talk show hostess. It was a very intense and productive conversation. It was an open floor where Nigerians in Diaspora asked questions about the insecurity in Nigeria as well as the immigration issue, economic and development concerns and the possibilities of running businesses, bilateral relations with Nigeria.
Hon. Abike had a heart to heart conversation with the Nigerians at the town hall, as she encouraged Nigerians to be steadfast and always represent the country in a good way.
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~Jemimah Chuks ~
Reporting for The Jemimah Show