The Federal Government of Nigeria has once again demonstrated its support for strengthening African Agricultural Research for Development through the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). It will be recalled that within a space of six months, the Government of Nigeria did not only make good its promise to make financial contribution to the work of FARA but has also followed it by providing two experts to support FARA’s work.
Sequel to the agreement signed between the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Abuja Nigeria and FARA Ghana, two TAC volunteers; Miss Taiwo Owoeye a Communication specialist and Mr Daniel Ayeni an Information Communication Technology specialist were on the 15th June 2015 designated to serve at FARA for two years.
The TAC volunteers led by the Director of Programs, Dr Mrs Oladele Abiodun were introduced to the Executive Director of FARA, Dr Yemi Akinbamijo in the presence of Senior Counselor of the Nigeria High Commission in Ghana, Mrs Abimbola Reuben and other high ranking staff at FARA.
Earlier on, the TAC team had met with His Excellency, Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana-Amb Oluseyi Onafowokan who gave the volunteers words of advice and encouraged them to be diligent in their duties. Also present in the meeting was Minister I at the Nigeria High Commission in Ghana, Mr Abraham Poko who advised on the survival strategy in Ghana.
The TAC scheme started operations in 1987 and was designed as a foreign policy tool aimed to serve as an enduring technical assistance scheme which identifies the use of a large pool of trained manpower available in Nigeria to enhance the socio-economic development of benefitting African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.