Ms. Bene Uche, former Senior Cultural Staff at the U. S. Consulate-General Office in Kofo Aboyomi Drive, Victoria Island, Lagos State while briefing journalist, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos, Nigeria disclosed that over 200 nominated Nigerians had in the last five years benefitted from the United State International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP),
It was disclosed that the U.S. International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) had over the years also become a channel for promoting U.S./Nigeria bilateral relations.
It was stated that the beneficiaries were carefully nominated individuals and institutions from across Nigeria.
She further enumerated as follows “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’’.
The participation of Nigerians in the U. S. IVLP has continued to transform the lives of the beneficiaries, as well as having multiplier effects on their host communities and professions.
The beneficiaries were urged to impact their host community and inculcate their knowledge and experiences to other Nigerians.
Ms. Bene Uche, who joined the U. S. Service in 1986, as a Culture Affairs Assistant, further encouraged that her guiding principle while in service, had been openness, creativity, innovation, integrity, commitment and a good sense of judgment in the selection of qualified Nigerians for various U.S. programmes.
Ms Bene Uche, commenced her retirement from the U. S. Government Service sometimes in the month of April, 2017.