The Voice Newsmagazine
I will do my best to make Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe relevant to Nigeria says Hon. Kenneth Gbandi
Kenneth Gbandi was elected the new chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) at the body's annual general meeting in Athens, Greece, on 11 November. The Germany-based migration expert, communal politician, business consultant and media entrepreneur spoke in his first interview after the election with some European and Nigerian based media houses and notable bloggers via a Tele-Conference on the challenges facing NIDOE, how Nigeria can attract more foreign investment and the best way to manage the fight against corruption. Gbandi, who has been the president of the German chapter of NIDO for the past four years, also talked about the efforts of the Diaspora to contribute to national development and what he plans to do to support the current government.
These are definitely not the best of times for Nigeria. The oil price has continued to slide, the naira becoming weaker while unemployment rate remains high among the youth. An average Nigerian does not know the direction the country is going, unfortunately many youths have taken to crime to make ends meet. However, the story of Nigeria is not all about woes as some young professionals are doing the nation proud creating wealth and serving as inspiration to others.
For too long Nigerians in the Diaspora has continued to blame their homeland government for inadequate development of the country but a Nigerian Diaspora based in the Netherlands, Mrs. Faith Ehanire Popken disagree with this notion and she wonders why other European or America countries are being developed by their own citizens.
Mrs. Faith Ehanire-Popken: Making a case for Nigerian diaspora
Hauwa Abbas wears different caps at different times. She is the founder and President of Silver Lining for the Needy Initiative (SLNI) a Non-Governmental Organization, established in 2009. Hauwa is also a certified personal and professional coach. Her role as a coach is to support individuals through the process of discovering their strengths, work on their limitations, achieve their goals and reach their full potentials.