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By Ifeyinwa Ogwo  :

Awka, Feb. 7, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism will organise a virtual International Conference with Anambra indigenes in The Diaspora.

The Commissioner, Dr Kenneth Anierobi said this during a meeting with the staff members of Diaspora Affairs Department in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

Dr Anierobi hinted that the interactive session involved Ndi Anambra living outside the country and those living outside the state.

“We have to set up a communication channel with Ndi Anambra in The Diaspora to establish a strong relationship with them in line with the mission statement of the state.

“The Diaspora portal will be put to use this year to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the state, tourist sites, programmes and other important positive information.

“This is to help to attract Ndi Anambra in The Diaspora to invest in the state.

“The department will  also ensure that the plans to set up The Diaspora Estate are achieved this year,’’ he said.

The commissioner urged the staff members to work as a team, share vital information among them and bring up ideas that would boost the ministry.

“Have the mindset of making things happen, not waiting for it to happen, and know that your department is key in reaching Ndi Anambra outside the country.

“There are a lot of things we can derive from the department and it is our job to ensure it is actualised.’’

Acting Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mrs Nneka Nwankwo thanked the Commissioner for the opportunity to interact with him.

She pointed that her department markets the rich cultural activities and tourist sites of the state to the world.

“Diaspora department is the direct link to Ndi Anambra in The Diaspora through which it gets to other ministries, The Diaspora people will wish to interact with.’’

Mr Igwemma Basil, a Cultural Officer, thanked the commissioner for summoning the meeting.

He reassured him that they would work hard as a team to actualise all the plans of the department. (MOI)

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