NIGERIAN NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICES
BACK TO NNVS ABOUT DIASPORA NIGERIA
Sometime in year 2000, President Olusegun Obasanjo met with Nigerians in Atlanta (USA) and later in London. He encouraged Nigerians abroad to be actively involved in the development process in Nigeria. This was what informed its support for the establishment of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) which is embedded in the Nigerian National Volunteer Service (NNVS) a Department In Political Affairs Office in the Office Of the Secretary to The Government Of Federation .
According to statistics, there are 3.25 million Nigerians living in America, counting all generations of our people from 1st arrivals to 4th generation Nigerians. Of this number, there are over 115,000 Nigerian medical professionals, 174,000 IT professionals, 87,000 Pharmacists, 49,500 engineers and over 250,000 legal, financial, real estate and related business professionals. Nigerians in the Americas today are more than the population of many African countries, with recent Washington Post article showing that per capital household income of Nigerians in the United States, and the median education level of Nigerians are both equal or slightly below the figure for Asian Americans. It is therefore in celebration of these human resources and gains of over 50 years of sojourning in the Diaspora that in 2005, the Federal Government declared that July 25th of every year be celebrated as THE NIGERIA DIASPORA DAY. (This brings together Diaspora professionals/experts and their counterparts at home to engage in productive dialogue and interaction with the view to proffering solutions to some of our developmental challenges.)Since years 2005 , Federal Government Of Nigeria through Nigerian National Volunteer Service have been hosting and supporting the Diaspora Day with huge resources, assisting over 500 Nigerians each year to return home and dialog on ways and means of repatriating expertise Nigerian brains and skills scattered all over the world.