Ambassador Steve Ugbah and Igor V. Karpenko, Belarus Minister of Education

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Ambassador to the Russian Federation with concurrent accreditation to Belarus, Professor Steve Ugbah, on January 18, 2018 met with the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus, I.V. Karpenko in Minsk, Belarus. The meeting was part of the official engagements of the Ambassador after the presentation of his Letter of Credence to President Alexander Lukashenko on January 16, 2018.

In his opening remarks, Mr I.V. Karpenko stated that he was glad the Mr. Ambassador, on behalf of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus. “Our meeting takes place at a time when you presented your credentials to the President of our country. I can assure you that we are ready to discuss any issues in the field of education on our part in order to achieve concrete results during your diplomatic mission”.

During the meeting, Ambassador Steve Davis Ugbah was given a draft agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on cooperation in the field of education. Also, during the meeting with Ambassador, Mr. I.V. Karpenko expressed his readiness to invite the Minister of Education of Nigeria to the Republic of Belarus to discuss joint educational projects, as well as to acquaint him with all levels of the national education system.

In his response, the Ambassador affirmed that the Republic of Belarus is the country with which Nigeria would like to develop long-term partnership relations because it plays important roles in various aspects of the development of Nigeria. Concerning education, the Ambassador informed his host that Nigerian students highly appreciate the experience of studying in Belarus. He added that Nigeria would like this practice to continue. The Ambassador further stated that Nigeria is interested in Belarus experience in the development of education and technologies. He used the opportunity to solicit for the Republic of Belarus support to make Nigeria a developed country. “The level of illiteracy [in Nigeria] is very high and in some regions, it is very noticeable, therefore, the training of specialists of different levels is a very important task for us now. We would like to adopt your model of education. In our opinion, it is very successful”, the Ambassador added.

Mr.I.V. Karpenko also promised to consider the issue of professional training of personnel for the economy of Nigeria using the resource centers in Belarus.

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