A UK-based diaspora group Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK (NNCAUK) has called for a structured Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the governments of Nigeria and the United Kingdom on migration of health workers.
This was one of the highlights of its 25th anniversary gala night wherein the chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa was the special guest of honour.
The association is the largest gathering of nurses and midwives in the UK. Its anniversary was themed “Leading the Future Influencing Global Health”.
Speaking at the event, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa commended the nurses and midwives for their charitable deeds and urged them to continue to give back to their motherland.
She expressed optimism that Nigerian healthcare practitioners in the diaspora, working with their counterparts in Nigeria, can make Nigeria, a medical tourist destination, rather than the other way round.
She added that President Bola Tinubu’s administration is committed to improving healthcare facilities and practice in Nigeria, and called for more collaboration by establishing partnerships for knowledge exchange, telemedicine initiatives and skills transfer programmes.
The NIDCOM boss commended the association for being one of the most progressive and focused diaspora groups.
Earlier, the president of the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK (NNCAUK), Wendy Olayiwola (BEM) said they would continue to contribute their expertise through collaborations with medical institutions back in Nigeria, stressing the need to create more platforms for networking and communication to foster a collaborative environment for sharing insights and best practices.
Also speaking at another event, the thanksgiving celebration gathering by the Yorubas in the UK, Dabiri-Erewa called on them to continue to project Nigeria positively and join hands with Nigerians at home to make Nigeria better.
Mayor of Southwark Mayor Michael Situ commended Nigerians in the UK and pledged to continue to serve the community effectively and efficiently.