Following the Federal Government’s plan to diversify the country’s economy away from excessive reliance on crude oil, the Canadian government on Thursday made known its intention to train and equip a new generation of Nigerians to be competitive in the global economy.
The High Commission of Canada to Nigeria, Mr. Christopher Thornley, who made the disclosure at the 13th Canadian Education fair (EduCanada Fair) in Abuja, believed that Canadian educational institutions and companies, in partnership with Nigeria will support the objectives.
Thornley noted that currently, Nigeria represents the 7th biggest source of foreign students in Canada and 8th biggest source internationally.
He said that each student represents a new link between the two countries, “and binds the ties that unites us. We see young Nigerians, armed with a Canadian education, coming back to contribute to their home country with the new skills they have acquired. I look forward to seeing the establishment of a Canadian Alumni Association in Nigeria very soon,” he said.