In Five Years, 99,985 Nigerian Students Enrolled In UK Universities – Interior Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has revealed that a total of 99,985 Nigerian students enrolled in universities in the United Kingdom for various programmes between 2017 and 2022.

The minister, who quoted data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), however, noted that the exodus cannot be dismissed as completely antithetical to Nigeria’s development.

He said what must be done to make the drift reciprocal would be to fix the nation’s education system and address the security situation to also attract foreign students and staff for cross-border relationships and collaborations.

Mr Tunji-Ojo said this Monday at the opening ceremony of the international week conference of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.

He said; “…While many may contend that majority of these students have simply ‘JAPA’ for other reasons, we cannot also deny the fact that a larger chunk of these students has left with the purest of intent, to cross our border, seek further knowledge for self-advancement, which in the long run will result to national pride.

“Every year, over 100 Nigerian students benefit from the scholarship for postgraduate and PhD degrees, I speak from students personally, we have hundreds of professionals and entrepreneurs, leaving our shores to break new grounds across our lands, and on our part, we must ensure that we play our part in the actualisation of their dreams. They carry our identity, one which not only aids their pursuit but also defines them.”

Mr Tunji-Ojo said his ministry is determined to support genuine partnership drives among Nigeria’s academic institutions and their foreign counterparts to ensure that the context of universality in the university system is sustained.

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