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Nigeria Bolster’s S/Leone’s Health & Education Sectors with Another Batch of 44 Professionals

Nigeria Bolster’s S/Leone’s Health & Education Sectors with Another Batch of 44 Professionals

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has strengthened Sierra Leone’s Health and Education sectors by releasing another forty four (44) Medical Doctors and Professional Teachers to the West African country, to teach in various teaching and learning institutions and to help reduce infant mortality and other health risks by discharging their professional skills at different hospitals in different parts of Sierra Leone. (Photo:  Henry Macauley, Siera Leone’s High Commissioner to the Federal Respublic of Nigeria)

This lot of Teachers and Medicos who have been released by the Nigerian Federal Government will soon depart their country under a bilateral assistance program, Technical Assistance/Aid Corps (TAC).

They will join the first batch of, forty two (42) personnel (Male &Female) who arrived in Sierra Leone on October 11th 2009 and are currently serving in different parts of the country.  

The process which saw the completion of the second set of TAC to Sierra Leone, was expedited by the cordial and strong relationship being promoted through the untiring efforts of the invigorating Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Henry O. Macauley.

On September 10, 2009, Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bagudu Hirse signed a bilateral agreement with the Ernest Bai Koroma Government of Sierra Leone for the second phase of the more than decade old Technical Aid Corps programme.

It was estimated that Seven Million United States Dollars ($7M) was voted by the Nigerian government for the Aid package; containing programs and activities for One Hundred and Thirty two (132) highly qualify and experienced professionals during the execution of their respective duties in Sierra Leone.

The human resource development support by the Federal Government of Nigeria to Sierra Leone is no secret.

It has been nationally acclaimed to an extent that President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 9th October 2009, On the occasion of the State Opening of the Third Session of the Third Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone In the Chamber of Parliament Building said, “The Federal Republic of Nigeria vigorously supported our (Sierra Leone’s) efforts at providing electricity for Freetown; and massively aided our health and education programs through provision of lecturers and doctors”.

Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria

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