The Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo paid a courtesy call on the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja Nigeria, on the 15th December, 2016. This is in view of renewing the ongoing human resource support extended to FARA within the context of the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps (TAC).
The Nigerian TAC is an initiative established by an Act of Parliament of the Government of Nigeria whereby technical assistance are provided to FARA as part of the promoting cooperation and understanding between the recipient countries and Nigeria.
Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo thanked the directorate for the good Nigerian example of sending two experts (in the area of Communication and Information Technology) to work with FARA. He stated that this shows the political leadership of Nigeria in the quest to make Africa food secure.
On her part, the Director of Programs at the Technical Aid Corps, Dr. Mrs Oladele Abiodun, reiterated the Directorates’ resolve to continue to partner with FARA in fostering capacity within the context of African agriculture. She said the TAC served as an enduring technical assistance scheme which identifies the large pool of Nigeria’s trained manpower to further enhance the socio-economic development of benefitting countries and organization like FARA.
In preparation for the replacement of the two experts, whose tenure ends by June 2017, the directorate has initiated the screening process for the next set of TAC volunteers that will be seconded to FARA. Additionally, FARA Executive Director requested for the identification of new individuals with expertise in emerging specializations like econometrics to be part of the FARA team.
It should be noted however in November 2016, that a monitoring and evaluation exercise was carried out to assess the work of the experts to FARA. The Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at DTAC, Ambassador Haruna Ginsau and Dr. Tizikara Clensensio who represented FARA Executive Director at the meeting commended the efforts of the two volunteer/experts and encouraged efforts from other governments in Africa to emulate what Nigeria is offering to support African, Pacific and Caribbean countries in the area of technical and manpower support.