A professional forum comprising of Nigerians resident in the United States has put measures in place to attract an estimated $3 billion investment into the Nigerian economy in the next three years.
The Nigerian American Business Forum (NABF) disclosed this during its 2019 Investment Conference with the theme, ‘Entrepreneurship in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities’ held at Tampa, Florida.
Speaking at the event, the President of the forum, Mr. Kenneth Shobola said the group aims to employ the wealth of experience of accomplished Nigerian Diasporas for the rapid development of their homeland.
“We are attracting a $3 billion investment over a three-year period. We have already identified some areas where there are deficiencies such as healthcare.
“We know there are opportunities to stem this scourge of medical tourism by looking at dilapidated hospitals or healthcare establishments that need restructuring and administrative services in addition to bringing experts in to run such facilities the way we do here in the US.
“We are looking at establishing and integrating the most current diagnostics techniques and treatments options based on the expertise we have here in the United States.
“Some experts such as cardiologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, surgical interventions in the areas of cancer, diabetes and a lot of the common diseases that tend to plague our people.
“So, I’m very excited about what we can do in the energy space as well and those types of areas where there are numerous opportunities for intervention from the diasporas.
“Overall, our goal is to get to 100 percent of youth employment. We have massive youth unemployment at this stage and our goal is to continue to do what we are doing to attain 100 percent youth employment.
“It’s a tall order but we believe that the diasporas intervening along, complementing the efforts of government and the private sector in Nigeria, I believe we can get there,” Shobola said.