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Friendship Training Centre enhances country's image: Nasrul

GAIBANDHA, MAR 10, 2017 (BSS)- State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said today the Friendship Training Centre (FTC) here, which was adorned with the Aga Khan Award in Architecture in 2016, enhanced the country's image abroad.

Friendship Training Centre (FTC) in Gaibandha has been working for changing the socio-economic condition of the char people for long through implementing different welfare programmes in various sectors like health, education and agriculture.

The building of the FTC is the pride not only for the people of Gaibandha but also the whole country as it has ranked as the 13th wonderful infrastructure in the globe for its architectural beauty', Nasrul said.

The state minister was addressing a discussion on the celebration of FTC's receiving of Aga Khan Award in Architecture in 2016 at the hall room of the centre at Madnerpara under Fulchhari upazila in the district as the chief guest.

Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mario Palma, Consul of Singapore Consulate in Dhaka Darryl Lau, Minister Councilor and Head of Cooperation-Head of Unit, European Union Mario Ronconi were present as the special guests.

With founder and executive director of FTC Runa Khan in the chair, the function was also addressed by, among others, director of Aga Khan Award for Architecture M. Farrokh Derakhshani, architect M. Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, additional deputy commissioner (General) M. Shamsul Azam, additional police super M. Abdullah Al Faruk. Team leader of Good Governance project Ahmed Toufiqur Rahman was the moderator.

Nasrul termed the FTC as one of the reputed NGOs in the country as it does not do businesses like other micro-credit NGOs.

In reply to a query, the state minister said every homestead of the country would be brought under electricity in 2018 and for this the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly.

District and upazila level officials, guests, elite, social workers, and NGO activists and journalists of print and electronic media attended the function.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture was first announced on October 3, 2016 and the FTC in Gaibandha is the amongst of the six winners from 348 nominated projects in 69 countries, said Sabur Hossain, senior manager, communications, FTC.