Buba Urges Support for President Tinubu’s 4-D Foreign Policy Initiative, Deploys Volunteers to Liberia
Director -General, Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC),Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Yusuf Buba Yakub,has re-iterated support for the 4-D Foreign Policy initiative of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying DTAC must continue to be on the forefront of pursuing Mr President’s agenda by constantly deploying selected Volunteers to foreign countries and Multilateral Organisations.
Buba, according to a report by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Nkem Anyata-Lafia maintained that the programmes of DTAC were in furtherance of Nigeria’s foreign policy using soft-power tools, like education and technology transfer,said public officers and Nigerians in all walks of life must aline with the Presidential ideal to continue to carry the nation high in the comity of nations of the world.
The DTAC DG made the statement, Tuesday, in Abuja during the deployment of a new set of TAC Scheme Volunteers to Liberia. Buba reminded the Volunteers that each of them was an Ambassador of Nigeria and that they must act with such consciousness, knowing that expectations were high on them to keep the contract they had entered into with the Federal Government and the recipient country going.
While charging the Volunteers to conduct themselves well in Liberia,Buba said every act of indiscipline would be addressed by the authorities.He informed that the current deployment excersize of Volunteers was the third at DTAC since he assumed office and added that the judges sent to The Gambia was Mr President’s efforts at strengthening the structures of democracy in the African region.He urged the Volunteers to see the Nigerian Mission in Liberia as their new home and constantly relate with the High Commissioner at all times the need arises.
“I want to thank the President for his 4-D foreign policy initiative. Today we are taking one of the Ds, which is Demography . Nigeria has a positive demography in Africa.
“Much part of our population is well-trained and talented. It is a population of agile youths that are ready to serve their country whenever they are called upon to do so.
“Also, we believe that these ones are capable because they have gone through rigorous training sessions to be selected to serve Nigeria in a foreign land.
“So, this demography advantage that Nigeria possesses, by extension, will also contribute to the development of Liberia in different ways, and also, it will contribute to the positioning of Nigeria among the comity of nations.
“This is because you’re going to Liberia as Volunteers to give service to humanity, so that you will portray the image of our dear country, Nigeria, in the right light.’’
Earlier, the Director of Programmes in the Agency, Amb. Mohammed Mohammed, told the DG that the Volunteers had been found worthy in character and learning to undertake the TAC Scheme. While presenting them to Management,he also thanked Rt. Hon. Buba for his constant support all through the period of preparing for the event.
Mrs Martina Okpere, an Assistant Director in one of the MDAs, and Nuhu Madaki, a co-volunteer,both of who spoke for the Volunteers, said they were excited at the prospects of serving Nigeria in a special capacity and promised to abide by the regulations guiding the TAC Scheme.