by Jonathan Nda – Isaiah
Liberia President George Weah has said his country is seeking 6,000 teachers from Nigeria to make up for the shortage of good teachers in their educational system.
He made the call yesterday during a joint press briefing alongside President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa.
He also appealed to Nigerian banks not to shut operations in Liberia due to the dire economic crisis in his country.
The Liberian president further stated that his administrations’ Pro-Poor Development Agenda, is intended to tackle the many economic and social problems that his government has inherited.
He listed the challenges to include addressing the large fiscal and infrastructure deficits, urgent problem of youth unemployment, and reviving the education, agriculture, mining and health sectors.
He said “Your sustained technical assistance for capacity building in these sectors is most welcome. For example, Nigerian teachers and medical volunteers to Liberia, under the Technical Assistance Corps TAC) Agreement with Liberia, have been very crucial in boosting capacity development in Liberia, and it is my hope that this assistance can be considerably increased to address with urgency our most pressing socio-economic needs at this time.
“More specifically, under the Bilateral Teacher Exchange program, we are seeking 6,000 plus teachers to make up for the shortage of good teachers in our educational system.
“In agriculture, we are seeking experts and extension workers to build capacity in the sector, particularly with crops, (such as cassava, for example,) which lend themselves readily to value- added propositions and export earning potential.”
Disclosing that the trade volume between Nigeria and Liberia is low, Weah stressed the need to address the current volume of trade which is in the range of 5 million dollars.
He added “There is a need to address the current volume of trade between our two countries, which is very low and does not exceed million, by some estimates Yet, the Liberian banking sector is dominated by Nigerian banks.
“I am made to understand that their Head offices in Nigeria may be considering reducing their support or even shutting them down because of the recent downturn in our economy.
“ If this is true, l urge them not to do so, as l am optimistic that trade and commerce will increase in the near future.
There are also major shortcomings in the electricity and power sectors, in road construction, in housing, in mining, and in fisheries, to name a few, that could be of serious interest to Nigerian investors, either as individuals or companies, or through joint-ventures or public-private partnerships,” he stated .Current
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