Nigeria To Deploy 16 Volunteer Teachers In Liberia

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

The Federal Government has concluded plans to send 16 teachers to Liberia under the country’s volunteer scheme.

According to the Director-General, Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC), Yusuf Yakub, the 16 teachers, who will be departing the shores of Nigeria on Friday, are going under the Technical Aid Corps and at the request of the Liberian government.

The Director-General, while advising the volunteers to be good ambassadors of Nigeria in Liberia, vowed to reposition the agency for better and broader relevance in the affairs of the country.

Yakub also stressed the need to sustain the programme, which he said has been helpful in international diplomacy.

Speaking at the pre-departure programme for the volunteers, Yakub said: “We have an agenda and we are going to pursue it. We will reorganise and energise DTAC and as you have seen this morning, we are deploying volunteers to Liberia.

“It is an instrument of soft power diplomacy where we deliver services to humanity through deploying professionals as volunteers to Africa Caribbean and the Pacific nations.

“So, I want to assure Nigerians that the DTAC will henceforth continue to deploy Nigerians to these countries, to make sure that Nigeria occupy her place of leadership among the comity of nations.”

He also revealed that another batch of volunteers will be deployed in the next two weeks.

He noted that there are lots of request on the table from African, Carribean and Pacific countries asking for volunteers from Nigeria.

On the teachers deployed in Liberia, he said they were picked after a rigorous and painstaking processes.

The DG while congratulating all the volunteers however, charged them to be good ambassadors of the country.

He also admonished the volunteers to show great commitment and patriotism in their conducts.

He said: “Stick, therefore with all you have been told and you will never put a foot wrong.”

Source: This Day

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