Lagos - Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Alexander Polyakov, on Monday said 70 Nigerians benefited from the Russian State-Financed Educational Development Scholarship Programme annually.
Polyakov told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that, the country would continue to create the enabling learning environment for Nigerians who wished to study in Russian universities and Colleges.
“Between 1960 and 2012, not less than 10,000 Nigerians have benefited from the Russian Government scholarships.
“ We want more Nigerians to take advantage of these scholarships,’’ he said.
He gave the assurances that the Russian Government would continue to support Nigeria in its educational development, because "we believe young Nigerians deserve better education.
“We see young Nigerians as very intelligent and willing to study, they should be provided the right environment to study.
“Nigeria and Russia have, since Nigeria’s independence, enjoyed healthy relations in areas of educational development of Nigerians," the envoy added.
He urged the youths to take advantage of such scholarships in gaining access to “educational opportunities” in Russian universities and colleges.
Polyakov called for further deepening of the existing ties between Nigeria and Russia.