University of The Gambia Wednesday received the first batch of 2017-19
bienniums of Technical Aid Corps (TAC) volunteers from Nigeria at a ceremony
held at the Nigerian High Commission along Bartil Harding Highway.
The Technical Aid Corps volunteers; the South-South Cooperation is a programme initiated by Nigeria in 1987 to render technical services to countries of need most especially the African continent, the Caribbean and the specific to strengthen ties with different countries.
Speaking on behalf of the team, the accompanying TAC Director Oduniyi Afolabi said the programme has now become the cornerstone of the United Nations sustainable development in areas of education and other sectors in the continent. He said due to TAC volunteers’ performances recorded in different parts of the world, their demand becomes higher but The Gambia was given a priority in deploying volunteers when the request came due to the good and friendly relationship it has with the Nigeria.
According to Mr. Afolabi the University of The Gambia should expect the best from the volunteers because they are crème of academics. “I am proud to say that these are the crème of academics in Nigeria and I congratulate The Gambia for having them” he said.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia, Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe expressed his delight to officially hand over the volunteers to the university and to grace the occasion, saying it’s an event that showed the “fraternity bond between The Gambia and Nigeria”
“Out of the numerous requests we received and based on the funding for this year, we were able to convince the directorate to prioritise The Gambia and the University of The Gambia. Just to show our commitment and the cordial relations between the two countries and of course to part of the realisation of the New Gambia”, he said.
Commissioner Oluwasegun challenged the volunteers to exceed the UTG’s expectations and be good ambassadors of Nigeria. He urged them to enjoy the hospitality The Gambia offers but be law abiding.
For his part, the vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia Prof. Faqir Muhammad Anjum said he was delighted to have these learned lecturers at his disposal to enable him make the UTG one of the best in the world.