￼TO further strengthen the African regional component of its foreign policy, the Federal Government has renewed its earlier agreement on technical manpower assistance with the Republic of Uganda.
With the agreement, Nigeria will deploy · middle-level professionals to aid capacity building and development of the East African country.
Under the agreement which was signed by officials of the two countries in Kampala last Friday, Nigeria is to send specialised personnel in the fields of medicine, law, teaching, engineering and information technology to Uganda for a two-year term per batch.
The agreement which is being implemented on the platform of the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (TAC) of Nigeria, was first signed with Uganda in 1995 and up till 2011, when it lapsed, has recorded deployment of Nigerian professors, lecturers, medical doctors and nurses in capacity building collaboration between the two Commonwealth countries.
Apart from teachers in various subjects who were deployed to Ugandan secondary schools, Nigerian lecturers taught at the Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Kabale Community University, Kampala International University (KIU) and Bugema University while personnel were also sent to assist the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).
The TAC was established by the Nigerian government in 1987 to aid needing African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries as a practical demonstration of the commitment of Nigeria, as a medium level power entity, to South-South cooperation for rapid and sustainable socio-economic development of the benefitting countries.
Thousands of volunteers recruited from the vast human resources pool of Nigerians have been deployed to these countries under an agreement that include payment of stipends by the home country and provision of security and other support services by the host countries.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda, Cornelius Oluwateru who led the Nigerian delegation that included the Director-General of TAC, Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi as well as Ofon Etuaknwa, A. G Bala and Sanni Bako, all directors in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the agreement as “an obligation to complement the brotherly efforts of the highest leadership of our two nations.”
In his speech, Osunyikanmi said it is time that Africa stops looking to either the East or the West for solutions to its socio-economic or even political problems and that the leadership should by now, after decades of political independence, be looking for remedies within the African continent.
The Ugandan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Regional Cooperation), Asuman Kuyingi, who signed on behalf of his country, described the agreement as “a crown on the efforts at bilateral consultations and discussions between our two countries in order to consolidate this rare positive South-South and intra-African assistance programme· for the mutual benefit of our people.”
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