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