Dabiri-Erewa speaks as Diaspora Centre of Excellence gets first DG

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, has congratulated Prof. Senayon Olaoluwa as the first Director General of the newly created Diaspora Centre of Excellence, the first in Africa.

The Tertiary Education Fund-funded centre is an initiative of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

NiDCOM is doing this in collaboration with the University of Ibadan.

In the congratulatory letter personally signed by her, the NIDCOM boss commended the efforts of the renowned Professor of Diaspora, adding that she believes in the competence and capability of Prof. Olaoluwa in driving the goals and aspiration of the centre to its fullest maximisation and to the benefits of mankind.

Dabiri-Erewa implored Olaoluwa to urgently bring to bear the gains of citing such centre in University of Ibadan, being the premier university in Nigeria in the areas of research and scholarship.

Olaoluwa’s appointment took effect from March 1, 2024 and it is for three years.

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The Professor of Diaspora studies was  the founding Coordinator of the Diaspora and Trans-national Studies programme at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, where he was the former Director.

He has worked assiduously to develop the graduate programme into an enviable level through the encouragement of cutting edge research by faculty and students.

The construction of the centre would commence soon with the release of N1 billion to the University by TETFund.

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