A non-governmental organisation, Project Africa Movement, has called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to invest their talents, intellect and material resources into the country’s development to create employments and meaningfully engage the youth.
The President of the organisation, Mr Solomon Mofolorunsho-Ogunjobi, made the call in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.
He said that such investments could be made through projects in agriculture, education, information technology and solid minerals, among others.
“We are passionate about connecting with international organisation’s that are focused on the development of the African continent.
“We believe that instead of government, the private sector should be the driving force in developing Africa.
“Governments should provide the enabling environment for youths to exhibit their wisdom, talents and strength.
“Many of our youths are leaving Africa because they didn’t find employment opportunities,“ Mofolorunsho-Ogunjobi said.
He solicited the support of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission for the organisation to achieve its objectives.
According to him, many Nigerians and other Africans had contributed much to the development of other countries where they reside.
“ Africa is their home; charity begins at home,” he said.
He appealed to the Federal Government to intensify efforts at tackling security challenges to encourage investment in the country.
“All hands should be on deck to make Nigeria better.
“The country is abundantly blessed with natural and human resources; our urgovernment must take urgent steps to tackle the problem of insecurity.
“Nigeria has the largest population of black Africans gathered together in one polity compared to anywhere else in the world.
“Any positive improvement in the standard of living of the average Nigerian will have a ripple effect on other communities in black Africa,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Project Africa Movement is committed to linking Africans in the Diaspora to Africa by initiating ventures that will encourage them to invest at home.