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Posted : 2012-04-03 18:09
Updated : 2012-04-03 18:09

‘Special‘ visit from Nigeria


Special adviser K. K. Kuku, fourth from left in front row, sits with Kim Byung-chin, fifth from left, chairman of IECC and guests at an event at JEI University, Incheon, March 26. / Courtesy of P.J. Ketebu-Brown

By John Redmond

Kingsley Kemebradigha Kuku, special adviser to the president of Nigeria on Niger Delta Affairs, paid a visit to Nigerian students currently undergoing vocational training at JEI University, Incheon on March 26. He is concurrent chairman of Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Program.

Upon arrival at the JEI University dormitory the top presidential aide undertook an off the cuff inspection of the student quarters and expressed satisfaction with the standard of boarding facilities servicing the students.

Special adviser K. K. Kuku, fourth from left in front row, sits with Kim Byung-chin, fifth from left, chairman of IECC
and guests at an event at JEI University, Incheon, March 26. C Courtesy of P.J. Ketebu-BrownDuring a brief interaction with the students the aide to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan counseled students to make the best of the opportunity to study in an advanced country such as Korea. He further mentioned that students who make outstanding grades stand a chance for further government scholarships for advanced studies.

Kemebradigha Kuku praised the president for his total commitment to the training of indigent Nigerian youths within and outside the country. “The surest way to build the nation is to build its youth,” he opined.

In addition, a member of the delegation and special assistant to the presidential aide, Edga D. Biu, observed that Korean students are ranked amongst the most studious and hence would make good companions for the Nigerian students in bringing out the best in them.

Chairman of the Continuing Education Program of JEI University, LEE Seung-hoo informed the special adviser that the students had fully blended into the university community and were taking their training seriously. He commended the initiators of the program for doing a good job.

On behalf of the students, their leader Sunday Ikpi pledged the absolute commitment of the students to the training program.

The initiator of the Nigerian Vocational Training Program in Korea, Charles Emejule, also expressed happiness that the program had taken off after a long incubation period. He rated Korea as amongst the top 10 counties in IT, shipbuilding, automobile engineering, industrial welding and fabrication and as such the students would be learning from masters-of-the-art, and indeed in one of the best learning atmospheres the civilized world has to offer.

In the same vein the chairman of International Education and Culture Centre (IECC), (Korean Coordinators of the Program), Kim Byung-chin thanked the special adviser for his consideration of Korea for the training program and said he looked forward to closer socio-cultural ties between Korea and Nigeria.

The Nigeria Vocational Training Program in Korea jointly coordinated by the International Education and Culture Centre, and Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs currently has students in three Universities in Incheon, Gunjang and Indeok. The current training program will run through December 2012. The special adviser has since departed Korea.

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