By John Okeke
The government of India, through its embassy in Nigeria is to
establish a Vocational Training Centre, estimated to cost US $ 1.5million.
The Centre would have comprehensive in house workshops
with sophisticated and precision machine and related equipment,Computer Centre and Laboratories.
The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr B.N Reddy made this declaration, at the 2017, Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day in Abuja.
He added that the gesture is in appreciation of the Development and Partnership between India and
The key objective of the Development Partnership between Nigeria and India, according to Mr Reddy is to aid and assist friendly country of Nigeria in its national efforts to improve capacity building and bring about technological innovation.
“India is providing capacity building assistance under ITEC to the tune of US $ 3.5 million covering 310 civilian and 120 defence training programme during 2017-18.
“The areas covered under the partnership programme include
Agriculture, Banking, IT, Management and Leadership, Finance,
journalism, SME’s and Entrepreneurship.
Also speaking , the minister of state for foreign affairs, Hajia Khadija Bukar Ibrahim appreciated the Indian Government for the lives of Nigerians the ITEC programme has transformed. India, she noted, is a strategic partner of Nigeria. She reiterated that Nigeria and India share many things in common.
Nigeria’s minister for National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, who was represented by the ministry’s Director of external services, Mr S.O. Eloho acknowledge the giant strides India has recorded through ITEC programme.
He revealed that, investing in our people was a key
component of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
“Let me first acknowledge the government of India for its continuous support for the development of Nigeria. It is the interest of Nigeria that this partnership is carried to the next level, given India’s vast exploit in information technology.”
Highlight of the occasion was speeches by Alumni of ITEC and cultural dance by Nigeria and India dance groups .