London Nigerians in Diaspora to key into the investment drive of the Federal Government
By Hauwa Funtua
The need for has re-echoed in Belfast Northern Ireland at a town hall meeting with the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida.Dr Sarki Tafida represente Kaduna North in the Senate from 2003 – 2007 where he was also the Senate Majority Leader during this period.Other appointments held and medical awards received by His Excellency include: Pro-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Makurdi from 1989 – 1991; Member of the Royal College of Physicians, (MRCP) – 1971; Fellow, Nigerian Medical College of Physicians (FNMCP) – 1975; West African College of Physicians (FWACP) – 1975.Dr. TAFIDA arrived in the United Kingdom as Nigeria High Commissioner on April 12, 2008 and presented his Letters of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on May 30, 2008.On August 23, 2010, Dr Tafida was invited home by His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to take up the special assignment of organising and coordinating the campaigns for the election of the President in the capacity of Director General of the Goodluck-Sambo Campaign Organisation for a fresh term. This was in preparation for the conduct of the primaries for the election of the Presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party of Nigeria (PDP).Ambassador Tafida took up the challenge in September 2010, re-organised the campaign structure and deployed his powers of persuasion and diplomatic skills in criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country, to engage Nigerians in all walks of life and centres of power to vote the duo of President Goodluck Jonathan and his running mate, Vice President (Architect) Namadi Sambo. This assignment was executed with focused leadership and strong commitment, leading to the nomination of President Jonathan and his Vice President with a wide margin at the party primaries held on January 14, 2011, which were adjudged open, transparent, free and fair by all and sundry.