Amb. Sarafa Isola networks the over 10,000 strong Nigerian students in UK to harness their strength

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“As country men and women, we have a patriotic duty to synergize and work together for the development of our country. We recognize the fact that Nigerian students and staff in UK Universities constitute the bedrock of an intelligentsia who can assist our nation in the onerous task of national development..”

 

Nigeria High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola has initiated dialogue with the over 10,000 strong Nigerian students in the UK to harness their strength  for the “greater good” of Nigeria.

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In a letter, dated 8th June,2012, to the Nigerian Community of University of Cambridge, a copy of which was made available to The Shield Online, Ambassador Isola noted that “ As you may be aware, there are over 10,000 Nigerian students across the Universities in UK. This number places Nigeria on the 9th position in the ranking among countries with the highest population of foreign students in UK Universities.

He added that “ This strength needs to be harnessed through networking and symbiotic relationship for the greater good of our country. The relationship among you on one hand and with the High Commission on the other hand would be of immense benefit our country. It is therefore, a worthwhile venture that should be vigorously pursued.”

 

The High Commissioner stressed that “ It is contingent upon this important national assignment that I wish to request that you kindly provide the contact details of your representatives to enable us discuss in further details the things that we hope to achieve, through meaningful dialogue.”

Ambassador Isola said “Such details should be forwarded to the Consular, Eucation and Welfare Section of the Nigeria High Commission. Email: education@nigeriahc.org.uk .”

He informed them that the High Commission under his watch has embarked on some reforms with a view to creating a conducive environment for constructive and sustained engagements with Nigerian students and staff in  the various Universities in the UK. “These reforms,” according to him, “ are based on my conviction that the relationship between the Nigeria High Commission and Nigerians ( staff and students ) in UK Universities could be nurtured to a higher level with a view to bring about positive and qualitative changes to our educational and welfare services to the community.”

 

The Ambassador emphasized that “ As country men and women, we have a patriotic duty to synergize and work together for the development of our country. We recognize the fact that Nigerian students and staff in UK Universities constitute the bedrock of an intelligentsia who can assist our nation in the onerous task of national development,” adding that “  British education is undoubtedly, one of the best in the world and Nigerians have benefitted immensely from it for many decades.

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