South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr In-tae Lee has described as impressive, federal government’s Abuja Smart City master plan, designed by the Ministry of Communications.
Lee stated this recently in Abuja when he led a team of South Korean communications experts on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Communications, Dr Adebayo Shittu, in his office.
He said, “I was so impressed when I got acquainted with the Abuja Technology Village; it makes me appreciate the minister for developing Nigeria’s culture through ICT technology.”
He stated that the purpose of the visit was to introduce the new director for Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Woo Chan Chang, following the tenure expiration of his predecessor, Sook Hyun, after three years of service in Nigeria.
The outgoing KOICA director, Sook Hyun, expressed deep appreciation to the ministry for creating an enabling environment which made her work very successful in Nigeria.
In his remarks, the new KOICA director, Woo Chan Chang, expressed pleasure over the warm welcome accorded him by the minister and pledged to build on the solid foundation already established by his predecessor.
He said he would ensure his agency partners with the government to advance the cause of E-government in Nigeria.
In his response, the minister stated that South Korean government was the most committed, supportive, generous and highest donor to the federal government in the area of E-government development.
“In the ICT sector, there is no country that beats South Korea in terms of commitments to extend the hands of fellowship towards developing Nigeria.
“Nobody has made the huge donations your country has made and is still making in this sector; it has not only established a physical academy here but has tremendously trained a significant number of civil servants in Korea,” he stated.
He said, a partnership with the Korean government has yielded great fortunes with landmark achievements of stakeholders to build a well-equipped edifice aimed for training more civil servants in ICT with the approval of the federal government.
Shittu said he wished the Embassy more successes, as it continue to strive harder for the growth of the country as well as other collaborative quest to develop less developed partner countries.