Sokoto state government, in consultation and conjunction with its citizens in the diaspora, will soon open a Diaspora Office to cater for the liaison of the activities of its citizens residing in various countries of the world.
Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto disclosed this in response to a request for such an office by a philanthropist, Dr Said Alhassan, a citizen of Sokoto state resident in Germany who procured 12 commuter buses for subsidized transportation of the students and staff to and from the campus of Sokoto State University.
Muhammad Bello, Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governor Tambuwal related this development in a press released on Friday 13th August.
According to Tambuwal, who recalled his instituting of a Committee on Diaspora in the House of Representatives when he was the Speaker, his administration will very soon look at the request and in the process seek ideas of the state’s indigenes living abroad on to how to establish the state Diaspora Office.
He nostalgically noted that he is conversant with the significance of harnessing the potentials of Nigerians in the diaspora, a reason why he put Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa in charge of its Committee at its initiation and inception by his Speakership in the lower legislative chamber.
He said although Hon. Dabiri-Erewa sought a different forte, the foresight of his administration paid off and has taken her to a higher pedestal on the same terrain at the national level.
He explained that the role that the establishment of such an office could play in the life of a community, state and a country cannot be over-emphasized as it would not only strengthen diplomatic ties but also help in improving the economy of Nigeria.
Turning to the metro school bus service in the state Gov. Tambuwal while applauding the gesture of the donor said the state government in conjunction with its transport authority and investment company is discussing with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to come up with a statewide private sector-driven commuter bus service with a view to ease the transportation in the state.
On other achievements recorded in the education sector in the state, the Governor said the state is one of the few states in the country that has sustained scholarship awards and pay tuition fees to its indigenes studying at home and abroad.
The governor added that the gesture is to encourage the teeming youths who are indigent in the state not only to enrol in universities but also to attain the minimum of a bachelors degree with the support of the state government.
Describing Dr Alhassan as somebody “who knows his onions” to have succeeded in a globally competitive environment like the “rugged Germany”, whose citizens are highly regarded as achievers even in Europe, he commended him and others like him for being worthy ambassadors of the state in the world.
The governor also thanked him for kick stating the bus service which will have direct bearing on the students, stating that the state government needs such programs over time for the students to have ease of life by commuting between their respective homes, villages, towns and the institutuion.
In his address, Dr Alhassan, who is also the Managing Director of Dan Masanin Wurno Global Investment Limited, said he procured the buses for the use of students and other people in the university community.
He said the gesture is to contribute his own quata to the development of education and infrastructure in Sokoto state.
He thanked the state government for creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.
In his remarks, the commissioner of Commerce and Industry in the state state, Hon. Bashir Gidado thanked the proprietor of the programme saying that iit waa the kind of enterpreneurship being encouraged by the state.
He appealed to weathy individuals and the business community to emulate Dr Alhassan by building factories and industries in order to provide jobs to the teeming youths and improve economic activities of the state.