REPORT & COMMUNIQUE OF NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA ORGANIZATION EUROPE ORIENTATION AND LEADERSHIP RETREAT Hamburg, Germany

FULL REPORT & COMMUNIQUE OF NIDOE ORIENTATION AND LEADERSHIP RETREAT Friday 17th Feb. – 18th Feb. 2017, HAMBURG, GERMANY READY!

“A 29-page official report will be circulated to all chapter chairs. Chapter Chairs are constitutionally required to circulate the report to all their members. Financially up-to-date members who did not receive this report should kindly contact NIDO Europe secretariat for a follow-up”

Highlights: of Workshop on Current Diaspora Issues:

Diaspora Commission

NIDO Europe takes cognizance of the ongoing re-examination of the Diaspora Commission Bill by the National Assembly and encourages all parties to expedite actions in the passage of the Bill. NIDO Europe is hopeful that a repeat occurrence of the return of the Bill from the Presidency to the Legislature would be avoided and looks forward to a swift assent by Mr. President as soon as it reaches his desk.

Diaspora Voting Rights

NIDO Europe reiterates that voting by Nigerians at all elections is a fundamental right which must not be affected by the physical location of the citizen. The National Assembly is enjoined to do all within its powers to ensure that the Electoral Act is appropriately amended to enable voting by the Diaspora at Elections. We welcome the expressed commitment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to implement Diaspora Voting when the National Assembly completes its legislative work in this regard

Diaspora Policy

NIDO Europe sees the Diaspora Policy as a subset of the Diaspora Commission and would therefore recommend strongly that the passage of the Diaspora Commission Bill is prioritized. This does not preclude preparatory work on the Diaspora Policy by relevant stakeholder to enable swift deployment soon after the Bill is passed. The inclusion of NIDO in all the preparatory work is of paramount importance and the Organisation stands ready at all times to take its role seriously in this regard.

Diaspora Day

NIDO Europe emphasizes the need for early preparation for the Diaspora Day and calls on all partners and stakeholders for a round-table. The Organisation deplores marginalization of relevant partners in the preparation and actualization of the Diaspora Day events. We stand ready to constructively partner with all relevant stakeholders in ensuring an even more successful and result oriented Diaspora Day 2017

Diaspora Bond

NIDO Europe takes cognizance of recent launch of Diaspora Bond. The organization believes it can add significant value to Diaspora Bond and encourages the government to engage NIDO in the planning, promotion and implementation of such Bonds in the future.

A 29-page official report will be circulated to all chapter chairs this weekend. Chapter Chairs are constitutionally required to circulate the report to all their members. Financially up-to-date members who did not receive this report should kindly contact the secretariat for a follow-up.

 

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Hon. Kenneth Gbandi

(Chairman CEC/BOT NIDO Europe)

16/03/2017

 

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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