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Nigerians living abroad are country’s greatest assets – NiDCOM chief

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has described citizens living abroad as the country’s greatest assets.


Chairman/CEO of the commission Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa made the description in a statement by Gabriel Odu of the commission’s

Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit.

According to Odu, the NiDCOM chief gave the description at the presentation  of Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical Personal Protective Equipment worth millions of Naira by the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA).

The items were presented to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja.

The NiDCOM chief praised the members of the association  for always responding to calls, requests and demands from Nigeria “wherever you are and whatever you are doing.”

She said it did not matter what part of the country Diasporas came from because “home is the best.”

Responding, the Director-General, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said a country would be considered great when its citizens came together to work for the common good.

Chairman/CEO of the NiDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa (second from left) at the presentation  of Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical Personal Protective Equipment worth millions of Naira by the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA). With her are officials of NAPPSA.

He commended NAPPSA for always being on the forefront in times of tackling national emergencies.

The DG promised to distribute the items donated judiciously, especially to the frontline workers, majority of whom are health workers.

The President of NAPPSA, Dr Anthony Iheme, who was represented by Dr Ali Johnson Onoja said: “Though  in the United States, the hearts of NAPPSA members remain at home – in Nigeria.”

The items donated to NCDC consisted of 10,000 pieces of Nitrile Examination Gloves, 2,000 bottles of Hand Sanitiser Gel, and 2, 000 pieces of Regular Face Mask.

Others were 1,000 pieces of KN95 Valved Face Mask with Respirator, 1,000 pieces of Face Shield (Anti-Fog, Anti-splash), and 100 pieces of Finger Pulse Oximeter with Lanyard.

Iheme described NAPPSA as an  umbrella organisation of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas founded in 2006 with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

The association has more than 7,000 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists working  in government, industry, hospitals, universities, and the community.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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