The British High Commission in Nigeria has reiterated its home country’s resolve to solidify relationships with Abuja, explaining that it is on that note that Britain is interested in encouraging Nigerians to develop interest in many of its people-focused programmes for personal and group improvement.
Speaking yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Group Headquarter office of DOM Communications, publishers of Nigerian Pilot newspaper and Nigerian Newsworld magazine, the Commission’s Media and Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Joseph Abuku said, of primary importance to the average Nigerian today is Britain’s Chevening Scholarship programme that is aimed at educational upgrading of individuals.
He said the programme, a one-year Master’s Degree course in Britain, is open to all who meet relevant criteria. “Chevening scholarships, according to Abuku, are the UK government’s global scholarship programme funded by the foreign and Commonwealth office, FCO and partner organisations.”
Adding that the scholarships are awarded to outstanding future leaders to pursue a “one year Master’s Degree in any subject and at any UK university,” Abuku who was accompanied by his deputy, Amina Maikori, said the programme offers a unique opportunity to participants to achieve their professional goals and gain the experience of a lifetime. He also said that entries for the next session of the programme are now open.
The Commission, Abuku continued, would soon commence what he called a Q&A session on various platforms like Twitter and Facebook, to sensitise Nigerians on its programmes.
He said UK agencies like DFID and the UK Trade and Investment have developed programmes to assist good governance in friendly countries in diverse ways as well as identifying opportunities for British investments in Nigeria and vice versa.
In his response, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper and magazine, Prince Dennis Sami, appreciated the visit and thanked the delegation for the opportunities being opened to Nigerians in the areas of Chevening scholarships as well as opportunities for investments among others as enunciated by Mr. Abuku on DFID and the UK Trade and Investment Agency.
He added that the Nigerian media, especially Nigerian Pilot newspaper and its sister publication, Nigerian Newsworld, would collaborate with the High Commission on its programmes.
Also present at the event were the Editor, Daily, Nigerian Pilot, Osedebamen Isibor, Editor, Sunday, Kassim Omomia, Acting Editor, Saturday, Kayode Kolade and Editor, Nigerian Newsworld, Dapo Olaosebikan.


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