By Gabriel Olawale
Counsellor in the Belarusian Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Aleksandr Lukashevich has said that due to high quality of education with little financial implication, Nigerians have now begun to turn attention to the Republic of Belarus.
Lukashevich who spoke at the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association of Belarusian Institutions of Learning, Nigeria, held in Lagos, said that no fewer than 700 Nigerian students were given placements in Belarusian universities during 2017/2018 academic year.
He said the country’s relationship with Nigeria in area of education dated to 1965 and the choices of most Nigerians in their universities are medicine, engineering, information technology and agriculture.
“Our education is of high standard and cheaper than what is obtained in most European countries. In 2017 graduating year, 48 Nigerian students successfully completed their programme and six of them received highest honour in the country.
Lukashevich disclosed that his country was about signing a Memorandum of Understanding between its Ministry of Education and Nigeria’s Ministry of Education which will strengthen the ties between both countries.
The President of the Alumni Association of Belarusniki in Nigeria, Mr Muktar Usman in his remark urged the Republic of Belarus to seize the opportunity of the establishment of the association in Nigeria to seek means of benefiting from the huge investment potentials in education, commerce and trade.
The Belarusniki is a non-political, non-religious and non-ethnic association of graduates who studied in the Republic of Belarus. Usman said that the development would go a long way in creating not just job opportunities, but also open more avenues for wealth creation for both countries.
He said: “As professionals in various persuasions in Nigeria and in the diaspora, we, the members of Belaruniski wish to promote our economic, socio-cultural and business ties between our country and the Republic of Belarus.
“We are looking at some exchange programmes between Nigeria and Belarus, whereby we find means of attracting some Belarusian students to come and study various courses in universities across Nigeria and vice versa. We can also do exchange programmes with some of their professors as well,” Usman said.