A retired U.S cultural staff, Ms. Bene Uche has said that about 200 nominated Nigerians have benefitted from the U.S International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP), within the last five years.
Ms. Uche, who retired last month, as a Senior Cultural Staff from the U. S. Consulate-General in Lagos said this in Lagos on Monday.
She said individuals and institutions across Nigeria are beneficiaries of the programme.
“Let me say that the U. S. International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) is a programme that has been of immense benefit to many Nigerians.
“This is a programme that has really enabled Nigerian professionals and leaders from different fields to liaise with their U. S. counterparts for a period of two to three weeks.
“In the last five years, we had carefully nominated about 200 outstanding Nigerians, from different fields across the country for this international programme,’’ Uche said.
She said Nigeria’s participation in IVLP has continued to transform the lives of the beneficiaries, as well as having multiplier effects on their communities and professions, while nominees should transfer their experience and skills their compatriots.
Uche, who joined the U. S. Service in 1986, as a Culture Affairs Assistant stated that the programme is a medium for promoting U.S./Nigeria bilateral relations.
She said openness, creativity, commitment and a good sense of judgment was her guiding principle in the selection of qualified Nigerians for various programmes while in service.