The Federal Government has deployed 19 Nigerians to #Rwanda to provide technical support to the war-torn country under the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) volunteer programme.
“It is a very laudable programme that you are going for, and I trust that you will do Nigeria proud. Out of so many millions of Nigerians, you have been counted worthy to be the ones to go and represent us outside as TAC volunteers.
“You are actually going there as the ambassadors of Nigeria. You are representing Nigeria and they will see Nigeria through you”, he said.
The Director-General said that if the volunteers worked hard and showed dedication to duty, the locals would have the impression that Nigerians were hardworking people.
“I implore all of you to be dedicated and go out of your way to do something that the locals will live to remember for a long time to come”, he said.
He further explained that the volunteer programme started in 1987 and had deployed thousands of volunteers to many African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
According to him, the programme has been sustained because those who had served made it worthwhile.
“If the others who went before you have not represented Nigeria excellently well, the programme would have folded by now. It is like a baton, others worked hard before it got to your turn, so when you go, work hard so that others coming behind you will also benefit”, he said.
He urged the volunteers to respect the locals and never look down on them in spite of the fact that they were providing technical assistance to them and their country.
Osunyikanmi also advised them to relate with the Nigerian Mission in Rwanda, particularly the ambassador and the TAC desk officer for any challenge they might face.
The TAC boss said other volunteers in other countries were doing well and expressed the hope that those going to Rwanda would not be an exception.
He said that some Nigerians had been retained after the two-year volunteer service; adding that the programme had a two-way gain.
He promised that their allowances would be paid as and when due and asked them to submit their Nigerian bank details for the payment of their local allowances.
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