The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on Tuesday said the Korean Government had trained 700 Nigerians.

The minister said this at the 2013 Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) alumni seminar and gathering in Abuja.

According to the minister “It is noteworthy that KOICA is supporting the implementation of agricultural development projects through the establishment of rice processing in Minna, and cassava processing in Kogi, Enugu and Ogun.’’

Represented by Mr Femi Olaye, the minister said Korean economy in 1960s was one of the poorest in the World with very little resources for its development.

He said today by absolute diligence, commitment and through a revolutionary transformation, Korea had become one of the major G-20 economies referred as the “Miracle of the Han River’’.

The minister said these practical skill, knowledge and experiences gained by Korea from its transition had remained as the factor which enhanced its present position as industrial nation today.

The minister, who applauded KOICA for its immense projects in the country, said this had strengthened relations between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea.

Gov Idris Wada of Kogi said Nigerians had benefited from various programmes instituted by Korea government through KOICA since its inception in Nigeria.

“From our perception in Kogi State, it does appear that Korea through KOICA is one of the leading factors in ensuring the state is better positioned.

“It is true that KOICA Mustard seed which was sown 20 years ago is now spreading through 44 countries all over the world, including Nigeria.’’

Represented by Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede, the Secretary to the State Government, Wada said the country remained appreciative of KOICA’s efforts to ensure that Nigeria realised its vision 20:20:20.

Also, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Nigeria, Jong Choi, said more than 800 civil servants in federal and states level had been trained in various fields by KOICA.

Choi underscored the need for the civil service to focus on capacity building, adding that this would assist in effective delivery of service.

Earlier, Mr Isa Hussani, the Chairman KOICA Alumni Association in Nigeria, said KOICA programmes had assisted in capacity development through voluntary services rendered by its members.

He, therefore, charged Nigerians to learn from the Koreans success stories, including economic and social development.

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