19 February 2009

Nigeria: Governor Sylva to Collaborate With Foreigners On Manpower Training

Benin City — The Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva yesterday expressed the willingness of his administration to collaborate with relevant international organisations in the area of manpower training and capacity-building,

According to the governor, though the issue of natural resources is important, the near neglect of human resource and training by any nation may spell doom.

Governor Sylva, who made his position known during a call on him by a six-man delegation led by the Assistant Secretary General of United Nations and the Executive Director of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR), Dr. Carlos Lopez, said his administration believes strongly in training.

He said," The greatest resource a nation can possess is that of the human resource, not any natural resource. My administration believe strongly in training and if a nation neglects the development of its human resources, it is doomed to failure.

Chief Sylva said his administration is ready to partner with UNITAR and other organizations on the issue of training. He thanked the organization for choosing Bayelsa and decried "the act of formulating policies and administering the Niger Delta from outside the region".

"Your firsthand experience of the visiting delegation would convince them that what they often hear about the Niger Delta is not true, especially as it is being portrayed in some sections of the mainstream media".

In his remarks, Dr. Carlos Lopez said he came to the state to explore further areas of cooperation with the state government.

"When you are here, you have a different perspective. UNITAR took the lead in stepping into the region", Dr Lopez observed. To the UN Chief, formal education is no longer enough as graduates must continuously be updated like a computer.

Dr. Lopez underlined the focus of UNITAR as capacity building, adding that there are three essential components to capacity development, namely: individual, institutional and society.

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