OCTOBER 30, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has bade farewell to members of the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) volunteers who have been working in the country for the past three years.
During a ceremony held at the Nigerian High Commission at Shehu Musa Y’ardua Crescent, off Hill Cut Road in Freetown, and attended by a cross-section of the Nigerian community in Sierra Leone, the team was bestowed with befitting honour for their remarkable contribution to education, healthcare service and other spheres of service to the government and people of Sierra Leone.
In her remarks, High Commissioner Mrs. Gladys Modupe Quist-Adebiyi thanked members of the team for their tremendous contributions to the development of Sierra Leone, adding that TAC members had sacrificed tremendously while carrying out their responsibilities.
“It is a huge sacrifice for someone to leave his or her homeland and family to go to another country to work. I have always been following up with the Director of TAC to update me and that you are doing well,” Mrs. Quist-Adebiyi said, adding that she was proud of the team.
She further noted that the performance of TAC members has been quite remarkable as they were able to market the good image of Nigeria and their respective institutions.
TAC Chairman, Adelarun Basiru Gbadebo, said it was a very good experience working in Sierra Leone, and lauded Sierra Leoneans for being “very hospitable”.
He said things were pretty difficult for the team initially, but the arrival of the new High Commissioner led to a dramatic change, thus they were happy to carry out their responsibilities with great professionalism.
“The encouragement given to us by the High Commissioner made us feel at home; any time we came to her she received us with open hands. She is actually a mother for all Nigerians in Sierra Leone. May God bless her and her family,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director of Donor Relations in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Yayah Conteh, expressed thanks and appreciation to the government and people of the Federal Republic Nigeria for their enormous contributions towards education, health, security, among others, in Sierra Leone.
Conteh said Nigeria has always stood by Sierra Leone during times of difficulty, adding that the TAC members were deployed in remote rural communities to render services to Sierra Leoneans.
“I want to use this opportunity to inform the High Commissioner and her entire staff that they have contributed gratefully in the fight against Ebola, and I want you to know that the money you gave is what the government is now using to build the Port Loko treatment centre,” said Conteh, adding that he hoped the TAC volunteers would return to the country to serve in various capacities in the post Ebola era.