Nigeriaâ€™s Technical Cooperation in Africa Extends Hand to Sierra Leone
The Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) an arm of Nigeriaâ€™s Foreign Affairs Ministry has informed the headship of Sierra Leone High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria that it is willing and ready to cooperate in the area of human resource and capacity building of Sierra Leoneans in various ways.Â (Photo: Dr. Bassie explaining, what Africa joint cooperation is all about to H.E. Macauley)
Speaking during a reciprocal visit of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa at the Abuja Chancery of the Sierra Leone High Commission in Nigeria, the Director General Dr. Sule YakubuÂ Bassi said, my visit is reciprocal, to return the visit you made to my office sometime past, and to inform you thatÂ Â my organization is ready to promote technology transfer through Technical Cooperation between Nigeria and Sierra Leone, promote the exchange of high â€“ level research experts in Science andÂ Technology, Humanities and the Arts.
â€œAlso, my organization is ready to Provide sustainable funding for the Scientific and Technical Exchange Program(STEP),facilitate capacity building for research and development, generate new ideas for development through cooperative research and collaborative development activities, cultivate and expand strategic relationships with key agencies in order to stimulate growth and developmental activitiesâ€.
Dr. Bassie said it is not normal for Diplomatic Heads of Missions to visit my office: they only send us letters and we go through a lot of processes before we can pay visits. â€œbut in this case, you were the first to visit my office, that is why I am here with all my departmental heads, seven(7)Â directors in number to demonstrate, how willing and ready we are to work with your countryâ€.
â€œTherefore, I will be grateful if your High Commission in partnership with this body can draw a concept paper on Education, Agriculture and Petroleum studies within two weeks, from today: then I can assure you, it will be an example of how we are going to operateâ€. SaidÂ Â the Director General.
He said the benefits are numerous, because it will motivate professionals no matter how short a period it takes. It will also help in the transfer of knowledge in the areas of expertise and technology. The Director General said such cooperation will also establish trusts among professionals of the two countries, and most importantly, the huge amount of foreign currencies spent on the engagement of foreign consultants will be saved and utilized for national development.
Accompanying the Director General are his Director of Program & Management, Assistant Chief Research officer, Assistant Chief Legal Adviser, Program officer 1 and the personal assistant to the Director General.
Earlier, Sierra Leoneâ€™s High Commissioner H.E Henry O. Macauley welcomed the Director General and his team to the High Commission and thanked him and his team for a visit he described as â€œvery warm and timelyâ€.Pasco Gerald Temple, Information attachÃ©, Sierra Leone High Commission, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria
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