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Health Ministry Plans use of Diaspora Nigerian Experts

By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

The Minister of Health, Dr Emmanuel Ohanire, has revealed  plans to maximise the skills of Nigerian medical experts in the Diaspora to develop the medical system in the country.

Dr Osagie, who disclosed this at an interactive session with the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora yesterday in Abuja, explained that Nigerian medical experts abroad, especially in the U.S. and the UK, had often organised themselves to give back to the Nigerian society through free medical services.

Osagie said that a structure that would maximise the benefits of such missions and aid transfer of knowledge and experience to local experts was being designed.

The minister said that there was a need to also make the Nigerian medical environment more comfortable for the experts to return to Nigeria.

The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Tolu Shadikpe (APC, Oyo), said that the committee had made a commitment to prioritise the life of every Nigerian in the Diaspora.

She said that everything legally possible would be done to safeguard their lives for them to live side by side with other Nigerians peacefully.

Shadikpe said that the committee was willing to work with relevant agencies to maintain a progressive relationship that would benefit Nigerians in the Diaspora.

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