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Students Recruitment Fair will improve Nigeria, Ghana relationship — GEPA



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The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), says the just-concluded two-day International Students Recruitment Fair in Lagos has further cemented the relationship between Nigeria and Ghana.

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Banda Abdullah

Mr Banda Abdullah, Deputy Director of GEPA, made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday at the fair, held at Providence Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

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Ghana High Commission in Nigeria

GEPA, in collaboration with Ghana High Commission in Nigeria, brought 16 accredited universities consisting of public and private Institutions, for the fair, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Abdullah expressed delight at the turnout of participants, numbering 383 students from 15 secondary schools in Lagos.

Some 200 of them indicated interest to study in the universities.

Nigeria and Ghana

He noted that Nigeria and Ghana had collaboration in trade services, education, tourism, and other areas.
“We tend to gain a lot from one another, it’s a win win fair for both countries.

West Africa

“I see Nigerians studying in Ghana as a collaborative approach that has a remarkable effect on Africa, especially in West Africa.

“It’s about gaining knowledge, inter-nationalisation, it’s like being at home.

Nigerians in Ghana

“This boils down to developing the human capacity of Nigerians in Ghana.

“There are lots of Ghanaians living in Nigeria, vice-versa, and I must say that the benefits are enormous.”

The GEPA Deputy-Director disclosed that Nigerians had the highest number of African students presently schooling in Ghana,
“I can confidently say that Nigerians consist of over 80 per cent.”

Students Recruitment Fair

He assured that the Students Recruitment Fair would be an annual event as part of efforts to sustain the relationship and extend the opportunity to more students who aspire to study in Ghana.

Ekpo Idongesit

Meanwhile, Mr Ekpo Idongesit, a teacher in Kings College, described the fair as enriching.

He said that GEPA, the organisers, had created an enabling environment for Nigerian students to know about the educational system in Ghana.

“We have heard from the universities’ representatives in this fair on how they are ready to absorb Nigerian students, duration of courses and financial involvement.

“This is a laudable fair, very impactful; it’s an opportunity for Nigerian students to go outside there and experience educational system in Ghana. They have done well by this offer.

“The take-home is that they have assured the students of quality education with standard facilities on ground needed for the courses.

Nigeria and Ghana

Besides, Nigeria and Ghana are brothers,” he said.

Jacob Dodoo

Also, Jacob Dodoo, Director of Enrollment Management, Webster University, Ghana Campus, said that the Institution offers 50 per cent scholarship opportunity to students with merit in their WAEC.

Dodoo said that students were also considered for internship at the end of every session, to enable them to have work experience and boost their chances in the labour market after graduation.

He said that some students in SSS 3 who were at the fair had registered their interest to study in the university.

According to him, the Institution operates in four continents and nine countries.

American University

He said that Webster is an American University with international campuses in Ghana and other countries.

“Our students have the option to study abroad in any of our campuses.


Yaw Dankwah

Yaw Dankwah, International Recruitment Officer, University of Ghana, said that the fair promoted regional integration.

Nigeria and Ghana

He said that its continuous existence would strengthen the affiliation between Nigeria and Ghana in the education sector.

“Once we blend education with cross culture, there is always that harmony between the countries involved, and the idea is to promote regional integration.

“Students from Nigeria have always had good inter-country relationship with others from other African countries, Europe, Asia schooling in Ghana, and that harnesses peace in our continent which education stands for.”

University of Ghana

The University of Ghana, Webster University, KAAF University College, and Kumasi Technical Universit were among the 16 universities at the two-day students recruitment fair.

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