Graduation Day for UNITAR at RKK Namibia
On Wednesday 10 March a graduation ceremony was held for 10 students from Nigeria who have completed 4-month course in welding under the auspices of RKK Namibia and Namfi in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
The course covered different welding techniques and the participants passed their examinations with distinction. This is the first course of its kind commissioned by UNITAR (UN) in Nigeria.
Their successful completion of this course shows that RKK Namibia and Namfi’s new welding training centre are capable of providing training to international standards. The welding instructors at the centre have also demonstrated sound professional skills and a high level of teaching ability. The course has shown that RKK’s strategy of using qualified local people at all levels is correct and that this is the path we shall continue to follow with even greater determination in future.
A number of high-ranking guests attended the graduation ceremony, including the Minister of Fisheries, Honorary Minister Dr. Abraham Lyambo, and the Nigerian High Commissioner, His Exellency Ambassador Prince Adegboyega Christopher Ariyo (below: top left). In addition there were many guests from the political and business sectors in the region together with members of staff from Namfi and RKK Namibia.
The fine ceremony, excellently conducted by RKK’s Ndajoina Shalumbo (below: top left), opened with the Namibian national anthem and the anthem of the African Union. This was followed by speeches from the Governor of Erongo Region- Honorary Samuel Nuuyoma represented by Honorary Councilor John Nangolo (centre right), RKK’s Managing Director RKK Ole Imsland (centre left), the Nigerian High Commissioner His Exellency Ambassador Prince Adegboyega Christopher Ariyo (top right) and Hon. Minister Abraham Lyambo (second from the left).
The speakers emphasized that the training course had been highly successful and that the participants had achieved good results. Good wishes were extended to the participants by all the speakers, who also expressed the hope that their training would be the start of a positive working career.
All parties expressed great satisfaction that Namibia, Walvis Bay and Namfi/ RKK Nambia in particular had demonstrated their capability and made excellent use of their opportunities. The High Commissioner highlighted the cooperation between Nigeria and Namibia as an example of positive collaboration in West Africa. He also expressed the hope that this was only the first in a long series of future training programmes. Namibia’s Minister of Fisheries was also pleased that RKK had chosen Namfi as its partner and that Namfi had demonstrated its quality in an outstanding manner. Further congratulations and good wishes for the future came from the regional and local authorities.
Photo below: the course diplomas were presented by the Nigerian High Commissioner His Exellency Ambassador Prince Adegboyega Christopher Ariyo and Honorary Minister Dr. Abraham Lyambo.
Director Polli Andima (collage, centre no. 6) from Namfi rounded off the ceremony with closing remarks before the formal part of the programme concluded with the Namibian national anthem and the anthem of the African Union.
Thereafter came refreshments and informal conversations.
Our Namibia office has started a course in welding for 10 students from Nigeria.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has sent 10 students from Nigeria to Namibai. The students are attending a 16-week course in welding, and our office in Walvis Bay works hand in hand with Namfi to certify the students in the welding technics.
Nigeria (the Federal Republic of Nigeria ) is a republic in West Africa, bordering on Niger, Chad, Benin and Cameroon. The capital city is Abuja . Africa’s most populous country, with about 147 million inhabitants, Nigeria represents one fourth of the total population of Africa. 44 % of Nigeria’s population are under 14. The official language in Nigeria is English. The currency is the naira (NGN).