THE UK SOLICITS SUPPORT FOR 12 MILLION NIGERIA’S OUT-OF-SCHOOL CHILDREN

THE UK SOLICITS SUPPORT FOR 12 MILLION NIGERIA’S OUT-OF-SCHOOL CHILDREN

Targets 8b Pounds Trade Ties By 2020
Irked by the huge number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, the United Kingdom (UK) has called for a renewed investment by public/private sector to address the situation.

The country said it was disturbing that about 12 million Nigerian children are currently out of school, which represents the highest anywhere in the world.UK’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright raised the concern in Lagos, while addressing members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Nigeria Group). He urged the professionals to support the federal and state governments, by committing huge funds to children education, particularly the girl-child to give them a brighter future.

2015-03-24 20:54:12 Children stand along the road to hawk their wares in Akure, Ondo State in southwestern Nigeria, on March 24, 2015. Some 10.5 million children in Africa's most populous nation and leading economy are out of school -- the largest number in the world, according to the United Nations. Many children in the Muslim-majority north have little choice, with schools closed or destroyed by six years of fighting between Boko Haram and the military. But experts warn that even with recent successes against the militants, Nigeria needs to take urgent action to prevent an entire generation of children missing out on education. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

2015-03-24 20:54:12 Children stand along the road to hawk their wares in Akure, Ondo State in southwestern Nigeria, on March 24, 2015. Some 10.5 million children in Africa’s most populous nation and leading economy are out of school — the largest number in the world, according to the United Nations. Many children in the Muslim-majority north have little choice, with schools closed or destroyed by six years of fighting between Boko Haram and the military.
But experts warn that even with recent successes against the militants, Nigeria needs to take urgent action to prevent an entire generation of children missing out on education. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Speaking on business and integrity, he restated that the UK is committed to commercial and economic relationship with Nigeria, as trade between the two countries is significant and hopes to increase the trade volume to over 8billion pounds by the year 2020. He said the target is ambitious and by working together with Nigerian government, the figure would be improved.

He said: “It is very important for the UK to strengthen its international ties in business with Nigeria, which has about one million of her citizen in the United Kingdom. Our commitments to support Nigeria to tackle the all-too-familiar security threats it faces is one of the things I care about, as High Commissioner.

“The economic and commercial relationship with Nigeria is already an important part of the deep friendship between the two countries. We are not insignificant trading partners-two way trade in 2016 was over 3.4billion pounds and that figure is predicted to have risen. UK companies remain major investors in Nigeria. Some of the investors include; British Airways, Shell and PJ Cussons.”

– Victor Gbonegun / The Guardian

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