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Brain drain: Nigerians are returning to build companies at home – Wally Adeyemo 

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The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Wally Adeyemo, has said that the exit of many Nigerians to the U.S. is now yielding positive results for Nigerians as many of them are returning to establish businesses in the country. 

Adeyemo disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking to the media during his visit to some tech founders at the Vibranium Tech City in Lagos.

The Deputy Secretary of Treasury who is in Nigeria to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries said he has met with many Nigerian Americans who have just returned to the country to set up businesses.  

Speaking against the backdrop of many Nigerians leaving the country for the U.S. for better opportunities, Adeyemo said part of the reasons he is visiting Nigeria was to create opportunities for Nigerians living in Nigeria.  

While noting that the U.S. mission is to let Nigerians realize the opportunities in Nigeria and take advantage of it, Adeyemo said:  

Adeyemo noted that the American government would work with the Nigerian government to ensure that barriers to investments between the two countries are removed. This, he said, was to ensure that investors in both countries have easy access to the markets. 

The Deputy Treasury Secretary, who was taken on a tour of tech startups at the Vibranium Tech City said he was impressed with the various innovative solutions Nigerians are coming up with, which are capable of transforming the country and addressing several challenges it is currently facing.  

On March 26, 2021, Wally Adeyemo was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. He has been at the centre of many of the country’s major economic policy decisions since the 2008 Financial Crisis and has worked in organizations across the public, private, and non-profit sectors to build a stronger and fairer economy. 

Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, Adeyemo immigrated to California’s Inland Empire as a young child with his parents, an educator, and a nurse. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School. 

 As Deputy Secretary, Adeyemo serves as the Treasury Department’s number two official and chief operating officer.

Adeyemo has taken a leading role in Treasury’s national security, economic inequality, and pandemic-related economic recovery work while supporting the Secretary in driving the Department’s fundamental mission: promoting economic growth and ensuring the financial security of the United States. 

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