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Presentation of cheque to the beneficiaries

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Zubairu Dada has challenged Nigerians in the Diaspora to emulate the example of the Zumunta Association USA inc.

The Minister made the call in Abuja at the second phase of the Zumunta Association USA Benevolent Palliative Project Awards and presentation of cash donations of Nine million naira to eighteen NGOs in the country.

Zumunta Association USA is a nonprofit Cultural community Organization, formed in the United States by members from the 19 northern states including the FCT with the goal of bringing all Nigerians of Northern descent together to promote fellowship and activities among its members in the US diaspora.

 The Minister while commending the association for their philanthropy, urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to emulate the same gesture.

The chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM, Mrs. Abike Abike Dabiri-Erewa said Zumunta association had shown examples for other Diaspora associations to follow.

She explained that the Federal Government was doing alot for Nigerians in the Diaspora including the fifty million naira mortgage provided by the Federal Mortgage Bank for the Diaspora.

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state who was a former president of Zumunta association USA said the association had achieved the goal of uniting Nigerians irrespective of their religious or cultural beliefs.

He explained that the association was instrumental to setting up the first computer learning centre in the country, Arewa house in Kaduna state.

The President of the Zumunta Association USA, Mr. Philip Moses explained that over the years, the association had achieved a lot in the areas of health and education intervention.

He said the associations’ scholarship scheme of fifty thousand naira had been upgraded to seventy thousand naira per student due to inflation and the current economic realities.

Cheques and awards were presented to benefitting NGO,s as well as deserving personalities.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali, editing by Daniel Adejo.