By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Administration has appointed Mrs. Sarah David Areo as its premier Diaspora Focal Point Officer (DFPO).
This was made known on Wednesday during a courtesy visit to the Office bof the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon.Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Receiving Mrs Areo, the elated Chairman expressed her optimism that more projects will be implemented and developed now that the Abuja-born Nigerians, living in the diaspora, have a State unit which they can identify with.
Hon Dabiri-Erewa, according to a press statement by Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media and Public Relations of NIDCOM Abuja, urged the newly appointed Diaspora focal point officer to relate with others from the states in order to exchange ideas for national development.
Earlier, the Secretary to the Commission, Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi while congratulating the just appointed DFPO for the FCT, charged her to utilise every opportunity to familiarise with the Abuja indigenes living abroad and urge them to be good Ambassadors.
Bassi also advised Areo to implore Abuja residents abroad to be responsible citizens, as well as, encourage them to give back, in whatever capacity, back home.
He stressed that in order to function properly in her office, she should have an Information Management System to create a database of every Abuja native living abroad, identify with them via virtual meetings and discuss areas which they could key into.
Responding, Areo thanked the Chairman of NiDCOM for her warm welcome and pledged to do her best in her capacity as the new Diaspora Focal Point
Officer for Abuja. Mrs. Sarah David Areo has a Nasarawa-Abuja parentage.
Before her appointment, she was the Deputy Director, Administration and Finance, Social Development Secretariat, FCTA, as well as other Departments and Agencies in the FCTA.
With her appointment, NIDCOM, which inaugurated the officers in Abuja on Feb. 4, 2020, now has 28 States Diaspora Focal Point Officers in the country.