Envoy says Nigeria safer, Promises to improve cultural relation
Abuja, March 13, 2019 Mr Lee Jin Su, the new Director of the Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN) says Nigeria is safer than perceived and pledged to improve cultural relationship between Korea and Nigeria.
H e said this on Wednesday at a media parley in Abuja as he assume duty at the Centre.
“Nigeria is safer than I expected. The country has a good weather and Nigerians are kind, passionate and strongly committed to the course they believed in.
“Since I assumed office, I am impressed by what I saw in the country. The impression people get out there is that there is terrorism, kidnapping and killings in the country.
“But when I landed here, I observed that Nigeria is safe and accommodating. She also has a large population which greater percentage is youths.
“I urge you all to cooperate with me. I am going to operate an open door policy to journalists, politicians, cultural experts and others,’’ Su said.
The new KCCN Director said that Korea had a 5000-year-old history, adding that Nigeria and Korea had enjoyed cordial and beneficial relationship in the past 39 years.
He also said that Nigeria had a lot of rich cultural heritage, great tradition and history that Korea could learn from.
“Boosting cultural relationship between Nigeria and Korean is our priority.
“Currently we have scholarship programs, Korean Pop Dance Competition, Taekwondo classes, poetry competitions and others that Nigerians are benefiting from.
“I will promote Nigeria culture to Korea and vice versa. I will give people in Korean the correct information about Nigeria to correct the wrong perception about the country,’’ he said.
Su also said that there were good opportunities for medical tourism in Korea that Nigeria could benefit from, adding that Korea has consistently ranked among the top five countries in quality health care by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Bloomberg.
“The quality of Korean healthcare has been ranked as being among the world’s best. Satisfaction of Korean healthcare has also been consistently among the highest in the world.
“Nigerians can access and benefit from the Korean healthcare system. This is also in addition to the benefits from the cultural benefits between Nigerians and Koreans,’’ Su said.