The Nigerian Government and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are partnering to explore areas of partnership in the education sector as a means of deepening relationship.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, stated this in Abuja when a team from the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, led by its General Director, Monika Sie Dhian Ho, paid him a working visit.
The Permanent Secretary said Nigeria stands to gain a lot from the partnership.
According to the Permanent Secretary, “there are many aspects of the education sector that needs the intervention of investors from the advanced world”.
He reiterated that the Nigerian Government was opened to all investment interventions in the sector.
Echono urged the Dutch government to consider partnering with Nigeria in developing the Agricultural education, Information and Communication Technology and Vocational education subsectors.
He explained that the current focus of the present administration was harnessing the agricultural sector to ensure the development of the country.
Echono urged the Institute to explore ways of training Nigerians on more advanced agricultural methods like agricultural extension services, irrigation, green houses, amongst others.
Vocational Education Skills
The Permanent Secretary, who bemoaned the huge number of uneducated youths in the country, urged the Institute to support the drive of the present administration to encourage the acquisition of vocational education and skills.
Earlier , the General Director of the Institute,Monika Sie Dhian said that the team was sent by the Dutch government to find areas of collaboration with the Nigerian government to help its developmental efforts.
Sie said that the Institute has the deadline of April to compile and submit its report.