The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has advised Nigerian health practitioners in the diaspora to return to Nigeria and contribute to the development of the country’s health sector.
Dabiri-Erewa, who spoke during the weekend when she visited Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, said the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr. Modupe Elebute-Odunsi, should be hailed for leaving her comfort zone abroad to return to Nigeria and establish Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre, a world-class hospital to provide first-class services for Nigerians.
She said: “Nigeria has the best in the world, whether in medicine or other professions. We are here to encourage Dr. Elebute-Odunsi. For her to return to the country despite the challenges we complain that we have. It is commendable. It is going to be challenging no doubt, but she has taken the best decision to come back home and give the best to her country.”
The NIDCOM’s CEO, however, said the government should create an enabling environment for Nigerians in the diaspora to succeed if they return home.
She added that the government should put in place a diaspora policy to encourage Nigerian professionals abroad to return home, “and trust us, we are going to work on that,”
Mrs. Erewa said besides Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital, there is a stroke centre in Imo State establish by a Nigerian in the diaspora, noting that people from all over the world visit the place for treatment.
“The government will support Dr. Elebute-Odunsi and other Nigerian professionals in the diaspora who want to return home and do the best for their country,” she stated