The Sokoto State government yesterday indicated it will adopt and modify the model utilized by South Korea to transform its rural areas.
The model, Saemul Undong, or New Community Movement, was noted to have recorded success in poverty eradication and closure of gap between cities and rural areas in South Korea.
“The Saemul Undong will be adopted and modified to suit Sokoto’s needs considering its cultural and religious peculiarities,” Governor Aminu Tambuwal stated when the South Korean ambassador to Nigeria, Noh Kyu-Duk, paid him a visit.
Tambuwal who noted that majority of the people reside in the rural areas, expressed commitment towards ensuring that they feel the presence of government in every way. He declared: “We are studying various development models and certainly, Korea’s Saemul Undong excites us and we will modify it to suit our needs and way of life.”
The governor lauded South Korea’s efforts towards developing key sectors in the country, and expressed Sokoto’s readiness to partner with South Korea in areas of education, agriculture, cultural exchange, youth empowerment and sports.
Earlier, the Ambassador said South Korea achieved important milestones in nationhood when it introduced the Saemul Undong movement in the 1970s.
“It achieved a lot of success because it did away with poverty and importantly closed the gap between cities and rural areas,” he said.
The South Korean Ambassador described the model as a drive for self-support based upon the principles of diligence, self-reliance and cooperation.
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