The federal government of Nigeria has commended Korea for promoting social economic development in Nigeria by providing technical assistance programmes for institutional development, feasibility studies and master plans.
The Minister of budget and economic planning Atiku Bagudu gave the commendation in Abuja, and said Korea’s intervention programmes in Nigeria have led up to reduction of social tension, poverty reduction, empowerment, and skill and technology transfer.
He admitted that the Korean government under the backing and support of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has been providing technical cooperation including scholarship programmes at masters and Phd levels and other forms of grants to promote economic and social development in Nigeria.
According to the minister, some grant aid projects and capacity building programmes carried out by KOICA include: a rice processing mill in Bida, Niger State, cassava processing centres in Ogun, Kogi and Enugu States, donation of millers to Benue, Bayelsa and Kogi States and donation of three smart sample collection walk-through booths to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during the outbreak of Covid 19 pandemic in 2020.
Earlier, Mr. Kim-Youn–Chae, the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Korea to Nigeria, expressed the desire of the Korean government to take the bilateral relations between Korea and Nigeria to a higher level. He assured that the Korean government will continue to provide capacity building programs for senior government officials.