The Permanent Secretary of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa has disclosed that the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is reaping tremendous benefits from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) as a result of the robust collaboration between the two agencies.
The Permanent Secretary made the disclosure on Thursday in his office, Abuja when the Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Sook Hyun Park paid him a courtesy visit.
He said: “I want to state unequivocally that the cordial relationship between FCT Administration and KOICA is yielding immense fruits across all fronts.”
Mr. Ohaa further remarked that KOICA’s huge investments in advancing the course of education in the FCT is one of the key areas that the FCT Administration is benefiting from the Agency, adding that the Administration is deeply impressed with the performance of Agency.
“Your investment in the education sector in FCT is quite wonderful, and the highest investment one can make in life is investing in education. When you invest in education, you liberate people from bondage. We are very happy with KOICA, he stated.”
Reacting to the December deadline for the completion of the Korean Model School being constructed by KOICA, the Permanent Secretary assured the Agency that the FCT Administration would ensure that the December target is met.
His words: “I don’t think we are going to joke with this kind of critical investment. I am assuring you that we are going to put everything in place to ensure that your set target of December is realized.”
Mr. Ohaa explained that the impact of the School would be greatly felt by residents of the Territory in view its world class standard.
“We are conscious of the positive effect this critical investment will have on the residents of the Territory in particular and Nigerians as whole. This investment is a world class edifice that will bring positive change to the educational fortunes of the Territory, he observed.”
He further commended the Agency for its commitment towards ensuring that FCT teachers are at par with their contemporaries across the globe by investing in training and retraining of teachers on regular basis.
Mr. Ohaa expressed optimism that the relationship between the FCT Administration and the Agency would remain strong, stressing that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello cherished the cordial relationship between the Agency and the FCT Administration.
Earlier, the Country Director, Sook Hyun Park explained that the essence of the visit was to keep the Permanent Secretary abreast with the state of work so far done as regards the FCT Model School being built by the KOICA and also to reiterate the commitment of the Agency to ensure that the School is ready for use in December.
Mrs. Park, who commended the FCT Administration for promptly fulfilling her obligations regarding the project, told the Permanent Secretary that the project has attained 90% completion.
The meeting had in attendance; FCTA Secretary of Education Secretariat; Senator, Isa Maina, Directors and other management staff of the Administration.
Tony Odey,Press Secretary,FCT Permanent Secretary’s Office