In a commendable recognition ceremony, the government of Sierra Leone has bestowed awards upon the latest cohort of Nigerian volunteers, lauding them as unparalleled contributors to the nation.
The ten volunteers, spanning diverse professions, were hailed by Mr. Buba Yusuf Yakub, the Director General of the Directorate of Technical Aid Corps.
Yakub expressed the significance of the volunteers’ representation, stating, “In Sierra Leone, you were not there in your capacity but as Nigeria. Whatever you do in Sierra Leone, you are seen as Nigeria. So the people will judge Nigeria through what you have done.”
He further emphasized the volunteers’ positive impact, asserting, “Thank God that you have been judged well to the extent of receiving an award as the best set of volunteers that have ever served in that country.”
The recognized volunteers include Mr. Abdullahi Hashimu Ulaira, Mr. Umar Farouq Baba, Mr. Jakada Ayuba Bulus, Mr. Dachollom Emmanuel Chong, Mr. Izuka Iloabuchi Nnaemeka, Mr. Adamu Isyaka Omame, Ms. Bosindo Buluembelemere, Mrs. Uchendu Varsity David, Mr. Madalla Aliyu, and Ms. Omorere Deborah Eunice.
Yakub assured the volunteers of forthcoming celebrations and rewards, highlighting their role in supporting Nigeria’s soft power diplomacy. He commended their exemplary service, noting that their achievements will not go unnoticed.
The volunteers, deployed under the Technical Aid Corps program in December 2021 for a two-year non-renewable volunteer service, were officially received on Wednesday, December 9. Hon. Buba Yusuf Yakub, in presenting certificates to the volunteers, underlined the ongoing commitment of Nigeria to deploy volunteers as part of its diplomatic strategy, citing the numerous benefits it has brought to the country.