The Directorate of Technical Aid Corps has dispatched 33 volunteers to Uganda and is set to deploy another 33 to Tanzania by next week, the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC) has disclosed.
The acting director-general of the Corps, Shehu Mohammed, said shortly before the departure in Abuja on Friday that the move was in response to humanitarian need to cushion the effects of the biting economic downturn resulting from Covid-19.
The volunteers, who are mainly university lecturers, were dispatched ceremoniously from the DTAC headquarters in a convoy of three luxury buses, enroute the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
“The deployment is meant to strengthen the country’s educational system, as part of the grand master plan of Nigeria for needy African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
“Let it be known that the volunteers sent to Uganda had earlier responded to an advertisement placed by the DTAC on the 22nd of March 2021, with respect to the need for lecturers to help boost the Ugandan education sector.”
“These are the successful applicants who scaled through the rigorous screening process by the corps and consequently shortlisted for the all-expense paid foreign mission to Uganda, which is the second of its kind by the Government of Nigeria.”
“The volunteers’ welfare and sundry bills will be footed by the Nigerian government throughout their two-year expedition in the African nation, so as to enable them to give their best to the government and people of Uganda,” he said.