By Udeme Clement
Nigeria and countries within West African sub-region have been called upon to embrace French Language as a tool to stimulate strong bilateral relations and international trade, in order to achieve greater economic growth and development in the region.
The Director General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management, WAIFEM, Prof. Akpan Ekpo said this in his keynote address, at the opening ceremony of the e-learning certificate course in French language, organised by WAIFEM in collaboration with African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), in Lagos, where participants came from central banks of Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone.
He explained that Nigeria and other Anglophone countries are surrounded by French speaking countries, as such, they need to study French to enhance effective communication in international trade activities. “WAIFEM introduced this course to bridge the gap in understanding and speaking of French in West African regional integration process.
The first run, which was a resounding success was conducted between July and November last year, in collaboration with United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of Ghana.”