Korea Reiterates Support To Human Resource Development In Nigeria
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H. E Lee In-Tae (Rtd. Maj. Gen.) has reiterated the importance of investing in human resource development in Nigeria and has pledged Korea’s unwavering desire to support Nigeria despite the pandemic.
The Ambassador disclosed this on Monday during orientation and opening ceremony for the commencement of the virtual training for 15 Senior officers and policy makers of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), at the Nigeria-Korea Model Schools in Piwoyi, Abuja.
He said that electricity is fundamental and inevitable for the development of Nigeria, and the lack of reliable power supply has restrained socio-economic activities, private sector investment as well as job creation, which are necessary to propel the economy on a dynamic growth trajectory. He assured of Korea’s continued support to ensure sustainable and reliable power supply in Nigeria.
The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) through its grant aid and technical cooperation Agency -Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) organised training to improve the capacity of the staff, a statement by KOICA said.
Also speaking, the KOICA Country Director, Woochan Chang, at the event informed that the program titled Capacity Development Program for the enhancement of Management and Operational Efficiency of the Power Sector targets the TCN as the organization which is responsible for managing the operations and transmission of electricity.
He said that the TCN is faced with multi-faceted challenges with transmission, and its role to ensure quality and reliable power supply is critical.
He said with TCN expressing its desire to increase transmission capacity from 5000 to 20,000 MW over 5 years, it is important Korea to support the objective.
“Korea designed this program to broaden technical knowledge in specific areas which are critical to tackle transmission losses and inefficiencies, thereby strengthening an essential segment of the power value-chain, which will improve the reliability of electricity supply. Also, the program aligns with the overarching goals of the Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP) which is within the context of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), and the SDGs” he said.
Last year, KOICA sponsored 15 government officials from the Ministry of Power and the TCN to Korea. However, due to COVID 19 pandemic, it has become impossible for the beneficiaries to travel. Annual participation in the program will occur for the duration of 3 years (2019 – 2021).
Since 2008, 1,222 officials have participated in various capacity building programs provided by KOICA. Upon return to Nigeria, the beneficiaries become members of the South Korea International Cooperation Association of Nigeria (SKICAN). This association serves as a platform to promote bilateral relations between Nigeria and Korea, by sharing the knowledge and professionalism acquired during their study in Korea as well as providing Cooperative Social Responsibilities (CSR) activities.