Nigeria partners UAE on educational opportunities

Kunle Sanni

The United Arab Emirates has appealed to the Nigerian government to help conclude the processes and signing of the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) between the two countries.

The Bilateral Education Agreement is a division of the Federal Scholarship Board(FSB) that implements scholarship awards between the Government of Nigeria and partnering countries. Some of the partnering countries include: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Hungary, China, Romania, Serbia, and Russia.

The United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Nigeria, Saleem saeed Alshamsi made the appeal on Tuesday when he paid a visit to the minister of education Tahir Mamman in his office in Abuja.

This was contained in a statement issued by Ben Goong, Director Press and Public Relations and shared with several media platforms on Wednesday.

Earlier, Mamman, says Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates would be partnering in the fields of research, scholarship, exchange of programs and transfer of knowledge among others.

Mamman said, Nigeria is interested in studying the development model of the United Arab Emirates which has made Dubai a global Shopping centre.

He added that Nigeria stands to benefit from that model given the enormous potentials and resources the country commands.

The Minister pointed out that he admires the way and manner the United Arab Emirates has overcome the challenges of climate change and adverse weather conditions to become one of the global destinations of choice, adding that the need for the two countries to work together cannot be overemphasized.

Mamman maintained that the world is one indivisible entity, emphasizing that international collaboration is needed now, more than ever before, to make the world a better place for all.

The Minister used the occasion to appeal to his Excellency to help resolve the empass surrounding the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and flight operations between the two countries.

Saeed also requested the Minister to visit the Emirates, adding that his country’s Minister of Higher Education is keen to meet the Nigerian Minister of Education in order to advance the educational interest of the two countries.

Reflecting on 41years of diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Alshamsi applauded the Nigeria people as very hardworking and one of the greatest talents in Africa.

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