25 September 2023

NIGERIA–RWANDA: Nigeria learns from Rwanda’s recovery

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The head of Nigeria’s Public Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita (pictured) has promised to revive the service destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the north-east of the country.

Mrs Oyo-Ita made the pledge during a courtesy visit to Nigerian High Commissioner to Rwanda, Adamu Onoze, in Kigali.

She said the purpose of her visit was to learn how the Rwandans survived and excelled in their Public Service after the 1994 genocide.

“We are here to learn how the Rwandans came out of the genocide they faced and came up with a very efficient Civil Service, seen as one of the best in Africa,” Mrs Oyo-Ita said.

“We will interrogate and interact with the Rwanda Public Service in areas of capacity building, budgeting and ease of doing business.”

She said she also wanted to learn how many women were in the Rwandan bureaucracy and to replicate the lessons in Nigeria, particularly the north-east.

Mr Onoze said Rwanda had abolished any form of ethnicity, which was the major cause of the genocide.

“Rwanda is the cleanest country in Africa due to the political will of the Government and monthly sanitation that was put in place,” Mr Onoze said.

“The Government attracts many foreign investors as well as boosting its economy through its visa-on-arrival policy.”

He noted that Rwanda had a population of 11.5 million people, with women making up more than 60 per cent of MPs.

Kigali, 7 November 2018

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