Abuja - Nigeria has deployed 50 volunteers of the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) to the Islamic University of Uganda where they will lecture until 2016.
Addressing the volunteers at the pre-departure ceremony in Abuja, the Director-General of TAC, Prof Pius Osunyikanmi, said the consignment was part of 1 500 volunteers to be deployed in about 15 countries this year.
“One major aspects of Nigeria’s foreign policy is the Technical Aid Corps with the objective of providing technical know-how and manpower assistance to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries," he said.
Osunyikanmi assured the volunteers that Nigeria would offer them support.
“Uganda is desirous of your services and you cannot afford to give less than what they desire of you. Discipline should be your watchword; you are carrying the Nigerian flag and you must be able to do Nigeria proud and ensure that you market and project Nigeria in its proper perspective," he urged the volunteers.
TAC was initiated with the view to leveraging on the abundant human and material resources in the country using it as a platform to providing technical know-how to needy ACP countries.
The volunteers to Uganda are the second batch that will be posted in the last month.
Other batches going to Namibia, Rwanda, Burundi, and others will follow in due course.
Osunyikanmi explained that President Goodluck Jonathan gave a charge that the recruitment process should be merit-driven and should be expanded to cover more countries.
- CAJ News