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British envoy completes first Kano tour

25 January 2016, 20:51

Abuja - British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has rounded off his first visit to Kano State.

During the tour, he engaged with key leaders and civil society organisations, as well as witnessing the work of the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

He paid a courtesy call on Executive Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, at Government House.

The discussions were wide ranging, covering the breadth of UK involvement in Kano State and northern Nigeria, and the High Commissioner expressed his gratitude for the vital support of the Governor for the widespread DFID work in the State.

Arkwright also met Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II.

The High Commissioner visited two DFID programmes operating in Kano State, one supporting maternal and child care, and the other focusing on primary education.

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Over 200 clinics in Kano State alone benefit from DFID programme support in conjunction with the State Government. Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) is one of the DFID funded programmes in Kano supporting Kano State Government in improving access, quality of education, and efficient utilisation of Kano State resources at the state, community and school levels.

The programme is currently supporting over 5 000 public pre-primary and primary schools with over 2,9 million pupils in 44 LGAs with School Improvement Programme (SIP) which consists of Teaching Skill Programme School Base Management Committee (SBMC) training, and piloted school infrastructure programme.

Arkwright also visited Bayero University Kano.

During the visit the High Commissioner also visited the Gidan Makama Museum, which holds historical records of the Kano Emirate.

He paid a courtesy call on Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano, an elder statesman and former minister, now chair of the Northern Elders Forum.

Staff from the Political section of the British High Commission Abuja and the DFID northern Nigeria team accompanied the envoy.





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