Science and Technolgy Minister Ogbonnaya Onu has called on Nigerians living outside the country to come back home and help rebuild the country.
Onu also said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was doing a whole lot to provide the needed infrastructure.
The minister said this on Friday at a town hall meeting with Nigerians in the US where he thanked them for their contributions to the growth of the country.
He was in the US to brief Nigerians on the Presidential Executive Order V signed by Buhari earlier this year.
The Order is to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components.
“Please we want you to return home, it is important. Not everybody will return but some can start coming home, and that’s the essence,” the minister said.
“We are telling you that things are changing in Nigeria, this is the message, that’s why I’m here.
“I heard all the complaints – people will do this and nobody responds and all that and so on; yes, these are things that happened in the past and we can’t correct these things just overnight.
“This is the truth, there is no way you can make these changes and then make the corrections and all that overnight. But the important thing is that there is a change”.
He added that “If there were pioneers that built America, there must be pioneers to build Nigeria. Please I beg you, let us not wait until everything is ready. Somebody has to get it ready.
“If we keep waiting until everything is ready, it may never be. We must decide that we have to look at the future of our children and grand children.
“Let’s not look about ourselves. So we have to think of the future, we have to think of the greatness of our nation.”
According to him, “Things are changing in our country, and if all of us can walk together, if we can do that, then we can now build a great nation that all of us would be proud of.”