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 The Federal Government and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are to explore areas of partnership in the education sector as a means of deepening their longstanding relationship The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education Mr Sonny Echono said this in Abuja when a team from the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael led by its General Director Monika Sie Dhian Ho visited him Mr Ben Goong Deputy Director Press amp Public Relations Unit Federal Ministry of Education in a statement on Tuesday quoted Echono as saying that the visit was a welcome development as Nigeria stands to gain a lot from the partnership According to the Permanent Secretary there are many aspects of the education sector that need the intervention of investors from the advanced world He reiterated that the federal government was opened to all investment interventions in the sector Echono subsequently urged the Dutch government to consider partnering with its Nigerian counterpart in developing the Agricultural education Information and Communication Technology and Vocational education subsectors of the education sector He said that the current focus of the present administration was harnessing the agricultural sector to ensure the development of the country and ascribed the slow pace of the sector s growth to the use of obsolete technology and methods He further urged the institute to explore ways of training Nigerians on more advanced agricultural methods like agricultural extension services irrigation green houses amongst others He said the agricultural sector had huge potential to move the country to the league of developed ones and urged the Dutch government to contemplate partnering with the Nigerian government on its development Echono also solicited the assistance of the Dutch government in advancing the growth and use of Information and Communication Technology ICT in the country According to him the world is getting digitalised and there is need for the country to move with the trend as Nigerians have a lot to gain from its use The permanent secretary who bemoaned the large number of uneducated youths in the country also urged the institute to consider supporting the drive of the present administration to encourage the acquisition of vocational education and skills He stressed that the acquisition of those skills would help curb unemployment in the country as well as encourage self reliance Also the General Director of the institute Dhian Ho said that the team was sent by the Dutch government to find areas of collaboration with the Nigerian government to help its developmental efforts She said that the institute had the deadline of April to compile and submit its report Edited By Olawunmi Ashafa Felix Ajide
Nigeria, Netherlands explore areas of collaboration in education

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The Federal Government and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are to explore areas of partnership in the education sector as a means of deepening their longstanding relationship.

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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, said this in Abuja when a team from the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, led by its General Director, Monika Sie Dhian Ho, visited him.

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Mr Ben Goong, Deputy Director, Press & Public Relations Unit, Federal Ministry of Education in a statement on Tuesday, quoted Echono as saying that the visit was a welcome development as Nigeria stands to gain a lot from the partnership.

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According to the Permanent Secretary, there are many aspects of the education sector that need the “intervention of investors from the advanced world”.

He reiterated that the federal government was opened to all investment interventions in the sector.

Echono, subsequently, urged the Dutch government to consider partnering with its Nigerian counterpart in developing the Agricultural education, Information and Communication Technology and Vocational education subsectors of the education sector.

He said that the current focus of the present administration was harnessing the agricultural sector to ensure the development of the country and ascribed the slow pace of the sector’s growth to the use of obsolete technology and methods.

He further urged the institute to explore ways of training Nigerians on more advanced agricultural methods like agricultural extension services, irrigation, green houses, amongst others.

He said the agricultural sector had huge potential to move the country to the league of ‘developed ones’ and urged the Dutch government to contemplate partnering with the Nigerian government on its development.

Echono also solicited the assistance of the Dutch government in advancing the growth and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the country.

According to him, the world is getting digitalised and there is need for the country to move with the trend as Nigerians have a lot to gain from its use.

The permanent secretary, who bemoaned the large number of uneducated youths in the country, also urged the institute to consider supporting the drive of the present administration to encourage the acquisition of vocational education and skills.

He stressed that the acquisition of those skills would help curb unemployment in the country as well as encourage self-reliance.

Also, the General Director of the institute, Dhian Ho said that the team was sent by the Dutch government to find areas of collaboration with the Nigerian government to help its developmental efforts.

She said that the institute had the deadline of April to compile and submit its report.


Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Felix Ajide

 

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