The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nigeria, His Excellency Lee In-Tae has encouraged Nigeria to continue to strive for a better and developed country while using his country as an example of such development.
The Ambassador spoke on the 22nd of October 2019 at the main campus of the University of Jos on the topic “Growing the Nigerian Economy through Education:The South Korean Model.
He gave the similarities between Nigeria and Korea, explaining that both countries were colonised by Britain and Japan respectively. Korea, he said was one of the poorest countries in the world but they started growing gradually from war ruins to a heavy-duty industry and then an ICT industry. Their GDP per-capita is rounding up to 31,363 USD (IMF report 2018).Their major product been semiconductors and electronics.The percentage of unemployed is 3.7% and underemployed youth is 9.4%.The major industries was the service industry ranging up to 58.2%, with the ICT industry at 38.9% and agriculture 2.2 %.Their armed forces ranks one of the best in the world.He explained how they have developed more than Japan who colonised them in terms of technologies and electronics like phones, etc. He talked about the Korea- Nigeria partnership products like LG, Samsung, Kai Motors.
He said that University education leads to economic development and that enthusiasm for education leads to high expansion of quality human resources and hammered on the fact that developed countries give university education more chance.
He further said his country is fully committed to maintaining the relationship with Nigeria and urged students who are interested in studying in Korea to visit the embassy.
The deputy governor of plateau state, Prof. Sonni Tyoden represented by the secretary to the state government, Prof. Danladi Atu commended the effort of the VC. He commented that when the VC was introduced the applause he got from the students was massive and for that to be so, he is doing something right. He also said “developing UniJos is developing Plateau State”, the visit would also strengthen education to other parts of the state.
Earlier, the vice chancellor Prof. Seddi Sebastian Maimoko who introduced the guest speaker said “that University of Jos is to have more people who are interested in us”. He continued saying “on the 2nd of May we received the predecessor of Ambassador Lee In-Tae. At the time we placed a request to help open a vocational centre for entrepreneurship studies. Recently we put in a request to collaborate in the establishment of an institute of sports, a team led by Prof. Ishaya.
Dr Sarah Lwahas,the deputy dean of the Faculty of Arts was invited for the citation of the guest lecturer. The lecture was concluded by an appreciation address by the VC, and gifts were given to the guest by the University and it was reciprocated. In between was a break where cultural presentations were made by the students of the department of Theatre and Film Arts followed by a Korean Taekwodo performance and a Hip-pop performance.
This event began and ended with the singing of Nigeria’s Anthem and the Korean Anthem and had in attendance the entourage of the Ambassador, the Vice Chancellor Admin, the Registrar, the members of the press and many other dignitaries.
Report and photos by Destiny Ocholi
Edited by JM (3/5)
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