Written by Godfrey AKON

Pakistan wants MoU on education with Nigeria

As part of efforts to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria, the Pakistani Government has stressed the need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding earlier developed on educational relations between the two countries.

High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Nigeria, Mr. Agha Umar Farooq stated this during a visit to the Ministry of Education Headquarters in Abuja, last week.

Farooq, who was received by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, noted that his country and Nigeria have had good relations, especially in the area of education and wants the relationship to be strengthened.

He said that the cordial relationship has led to the development of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, which he noted is yet to be signed; and expressed the need of signing the document.

Furthermore, the High Commissioner expressed his country’s readiness to assist Nigeria in the area of capacity building of teachers at the tertiary level of the education system and intervention in the Basic and Secondary levels.

Farooq also accented to the request of expanding Pakistani scholarship award slots to Nigeria under the Bilateral Education Scholarship Award, BEA, agreement.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Yemi-Esan, thanked the High Commissioner for the visit, while acknowledging Pakistani’s long standing support to Nigeria in the development of the Education sector.

She said Nigeria is keen to strengthening her relationship with Pakistan, adding that the Ministry will fast-track the processes of signing the MoU.

Yemi-Esan said that the desire to intervene in the secondary education level, particularly in technical and vocation education will be desirable.

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