Ethiopia to recruit 600 Nigerian Profs
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
ADDIS ABABAâ€”ETHIOPIA has asked the Nigerian government to allow it engage the services of 600 professors, Nigeriaâ€™s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Olusegun Akinsanya has said. Akinsanya told newsmen yesterday in Addis Ababa that the Ethiopian government wanted to recruit the professors to teach in the 12 new universities established in the country.
He said the Ethiopian government developed interest in Nigerian intellectuals based on the impressive performance of those who served as members of Technical Aid Corps (TAC — a mission set up by the Nigerian Government to assist the development of other African countries). â€œEthiopia is the highest beneficiary of TAC. Since 1996, more than a thousand of them have been here on a biennial basis, teaching in universities in different parts of the country,â€ he said.
So far, President Olusegun Obasanjo has responded positively to the request and 106 professors would soon be on their way to Addis Ababa, he said.
He said under a 2006 to 2008 agreement reached between Nigeria and Ethiopia at a joint commission meeting, a total of 200 professors were to be sent to Ethiopia. Akinsanya said some Nigerians who stayed back at the end of their programmes had been given permanent appointment. â€œOne of them is now the dean of the Faculty of Law at Ethiopiaâ€™s Jima University,â€ he said. He added that four Nigerians were also teaching in Ethiopiaâ€™s Civil Service College and that efforts were being made to employ more to teach in the Institute of Federalism.
Akinsanya said there were more than 3,000 Nigerians living in Ethiopia and that most of them were professionals who were doing very well in their chosen career.
On whether there had been any clash between Nigerians and their hosts, he said: â€œNigerians are behaving very well. Security is good and there is almost zero crime. Ethiopia has a highly disciplined and honest system. The way they manage their poverty without it leading to crime is impressive.â€
On the benefits of Nigeriaâ€™s relationship with Ethiopia which dates back to 1962, Akinsanya said agreements on agriculture, aviation and trade had been rewarding.
He said a Bilateral Air Services Agreement paved the way for private airline operators in Nigeria to service their planes in Addis Ababa, which has one of the best hangars in Africa.
Vanguard: Ethiopia to recruit 600 profs