Nigerian meets exBritish PM on quality education


ABUJA, Sept. 9 — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday met with former British prime minister Gordon Brown, who is in Africa’s most populous country in the capacity of the UN special envoy on education.
The Nigerian leader reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to implement policies and measures for quality education, including the 250 million U. S. dollars already pledged.
He said access to quality education would in turn equip the youth with essential skills and competence required by employers and create a competitive work-force.
Nigeria would also provide all possible support to state governments to ensure that they were able to access the new funds and put them to appropriate use, he added.
Earlier, Brown told the president that he had a very productive meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala.
The envoy said the meeting focused on international support for efforts to create greater access to education opportunities for Nigerian youths.
The UN and international donors were committed to working with Nigeria’s federal and state governments to expand teacher training programs, he added.
The international body would also assist to improve girl-child education and boost the use of the tools of modern technology, such as e-books and tablets in providing basic education to more Nigerian youths, according to the envoy.[db:内容2]