- Director/CEO of the directorate of technical aid corps has resumed office for a second term
- Pius Osunyikanmi was first appointed by former president, Goodluck Jonathan in 2013
- Speaking on the achievements of the directorate in the last five years, he said foreign countries are now eager to partner with Nigeria
Dr Pius Osunyikanmi, director/CEO of the directorate of technical aid corps has resumed office after he was appointment for a second term and final term of five years in office by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osunyikanmi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was first appointed by former president, Goodluck Jonathan in 2013.
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The director, in a press statement made available to NAIJ.com gave a scorecard of the directorate under his stewardship for the last five years. He also highlighted some of the achievements recorded within the stipulated time frame.
"It may interest you to know that under President Muhammadu Buhari, we have received unprecedented requests for high calibre professionals across the ACP countries. His leadership qualities have endeared those countries that had previously opted out of the programme to now demand inclusion. Countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Fiji Island Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe amongst others are current reviewing our country agreement.
"Today, we are present in about 10 countries and deployment is currently ongoing. We are currently engaging Liberia on revamping their education sector. The request from Seychelles is receiving our attention.
"Nigeria’s involvement in restoring democracy to the Gambia is being matched with corresponding manpower particularly in the University of the Gambia and the Judiciary. As at today we have 32 senior Lecturers and professors in the University and three high court judges.
"Similarly, we have about seventy senior academics in Uganda and Rwanda. The Nigeria Flag is equally flying in East Africa as evident in our outstanding presence in Zanzibar. In the Caribbean our partnership with Jamaica is working particularly in the area of skill transfer in Batic making and wood carving.
Going further, he added that Nigeria’s foreign policy has fostered harmonious relationship between Nigeria and the these countries.
"These countries have equally remain pillars of support to Nigeria whenever Nigeria takes a position on the international stage. The scheme has also exposed our professionals internationally and the experience gained cannot be quantified.
"Those who teach in the universities are shaping the world view in their students and these are people who would grow to be decision makers in their countries in the nearest future. They cannot but think favourably about Nigeria," he added.
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NAIJ.com had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, May 24, approved new appointments for four federal government agencies as confirmed by Olusegun Adekunle, the permanent secretary, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), in Abuja.
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