Nigeria plans US diaspora database

The Nigerian Government’s focus on Nigerians living abroad is deepening, as indications have emerged that the National Population Commission (NPC), some Nigerian consulates abroad and the US Census Bureau are set to take their census. Sources revealed that the NPC, after a visit to the US earlier in the year, is considering collaborating with some Nigerian embassies and consulates abroad to begin an official head-count and database of Nigerians living outside the country.

The Nigerian Consul-General in New York, Ambassador Ibrahim Auwalu, confirmed yesterday that the NPC is, indeed, interested to work with the consulate on the issue after the latter recently launched a new Internet database of Nigerians in the US. He said the consulate actually has the official endorsement of the NPC to do that, and is seeking to get the cooperation of the US Census Bureau, which have pertinent information about Nigerians in the US, adding that the outcome of all of this will “form the basis of absentee voting for our compatriots” here in the US.

Apart from the head-count, the database will also register all Nigerian associations and groups, Nigerian-owned businesses, professionals, including law firms, and others.

via Nigerian Compass, 8 Dec 2009