The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gangadharan Balasubramanian, assured that the strengthening of bilateral relations with Nigeria remains a strategic element of his country’s foreign policy because the two countries have much to gain from it.
Balasubramanian said this while commemorating the Indian Technical and Economic Program (ITEC) 2022 at the High Commission in Abuja on Thursday.
ITEC Day 2022 was celebrated in the presence of around 250 ITEC alumni and Nigerian dignitaries. The annual commemoration also provides unique opportunities for ITEC graduates to reconnect with one another.
According to the envoy, the program has been successful in Nigeria over the past 58 years as thousands of Nigerians have benefited from various fields such as defense training, ICT, science, technology and innovation (STI), renewable energy, and have had significant impacts and contributions on Nigeria. development.
He said the ITEC program is human-centric and in line with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. He added that India’s development partnership is in line with partner countries’ priorities and on comfortable terms with partner countries.
He said: “ITEC was started by India in 1964 and since then we have exchanged various courses for our friends in partner countries including Nigeria and I am very happy to say that several thousand Nigerians have actually benefited.
“We offer around 250 slots in the civilian sector and around 150 slots for training, short courses in the defense sector and most of them have been used on a regular basis.
“So over a period of 58 years you can see how those numbers would have multiplied and we’re very happy to see friends in Nigeria who have done those short term programs, geared up and come back to contribute to the economy and development of Nigeria.