Opening new avenues for African students: Visit to AARDO
February 7, 2019

By IAT Bureau

An eight-member delegation from the Association of African Students in India (AASI), New Delhi, headed by Mr. Merveil Ngongo, President, AASI and native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), paid a visit to the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) Secretariat on 4 February 2019 for a meeting with H.E. the Secretary General. The delegation comprised students from Cameroon, DR Congo, Nigeria and Zambia who are presently studying in universities in India. Senior officers of AARDO Secretariat were present in the meeting.

Terming the delegation members as the ambassadors of their countries, the Secretary General remarked that

The delegation’s visit would provide an opportunity to both AARDO and AASI to know more about each other’s activities. AASI has some implicit relationship with AARDO as some of its countries are also members of AARDO.

The remarks were followed by a presentation by the Head, Administration and IEC Divisions about AARDO.

Mr. Ezeugo Nnamdi Lawrence, Secretary General & Coordinator, AASI and hailing from Nigeria, thanked the Secretary General and his colleagues for positively responding to their request to visit AARDO Secretariat and according them a hearty welcome. He said “We are interested in getting African students to intern through our partnership in such reputable organisations. This way they can take back more to Motherland.”  Expressing his satisfaction, he mentioned that earlier he had led a delegation including the AASI presidents from both Delhi and Jaipur (Mr Merveil and Dr Udochi Onyeike respectively) and the former National President Mr. Samuel T Jack and other Executive members of AASI to The Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) and today students can now intern with the organisation.”

Association of African Students in India (AASI) was formed in 1963. It aims at uniting all African students in India and promoting their collective interests. AASI works for the welfare of the students and encourages, stimulates and creates opportunities for interaction, exchange of ideas and active participation in society.

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