December 2, 2021

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KOICA moves office to foster expansion, new projects in Nigeria  – Official

KOICA Vice President Song Woong Yeob, Ambassador Kim Young-chae, KOICA Country Director Woochan Chang and other stakeholders at the opening of KOICA's new office in Abuja

KOICA Vice President Song Woong Yeob, Ambassador Kim Young-chae, KOICA Country Director Woochan Chang and other stakeholders at the opening of KOICA's new office in Abuja

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is the agency set up by the Korean Government to enhance the effectiveness in implementation of its grants, aids and other assistance to developing countries.

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By Ifeanyi Nwoko

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on Tuesday, officially opened its new office complex in Asokoro, the heart of the Federal Capital Territory, as part of an expansion plan.

KOICA Vice President Song Yeob, who is Nigeria on a 3-day official visit, while officially opening the office for use, said that move became necessary in view of the Agency’s expansion.

He said that the growth of KOICA in Nigeria had been phenomenal, hence the need for the office to move from the Embassy complex in Maitama to its own office, for better service delivery.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is the agency set up by the Korean Government to enhance the effectiveness in implementation of its grants, aids and other assistance to developing countries.

Country Director of KOICA, Woochan Chang, who accompanied the Vice President, pointed out that the move represented a significant milestone for the Office, as it would provide the KOICA team with the much-needed space to accommodate its expansion in Nigeria.

He said that the office in the last quarter had added to the number of projects that it was handling, including two major multi-million-dollar projects.

“This morning the Office signed a $10.41 million dollar project with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to improve a multimedia learning environment and teaching; and capacity building for Nigeria’s public primary and junior secondary schools.

“Also, in August, the Office officially agreed to support the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy (FMCDE) with a $13 million dollar project for the building foundation towards digital government in Nigeria,” he said.

International organisations who witnessed the event, congratulated KOICA for the new milestone, noting that it would foster the agency’s commitment to Nigeria’s growth.

Notable among those present were Ahmed Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, UBEC; Ulla Elisabeth Mueller, Country Representative of the UN Population Agency; Mr. Lealem Dinku, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, as well as representatives from ministries and the Korean Alumni Association (SKICAN). (NAN)