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AFCON win boosts Nigeria's image

15 February 2013, 07:28

Abuja - Dr Joseph Ngu, the Country Representative of  UNESCO, says Super Eagles victory at the Nations Cup final has further boost Nigeria's image.

Ngu made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'I, in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the victory was a pointer to the fact that Nigeria was gradually returning to its place as a force to reckon with in Africa.

The representative, who told the minister that he was in her office to bid her farewell because he had come to the end of his tenure in Nigeria, expressed satisfaction with other developmental strides in the country.

He said a proof of this was the upgrade of UNESCO Nigeria country office to a Regional office, within four years, which covered seven coastal nations in Africa.

"We have succeeded in building a strong UNESCO presence in Nigeria with the help and support of the MDAs. We will no doubt have an institutional memory of Nigeria," he said.

Responding, Rufa'I thanked UNESCO for the impact it had continued to have in the country, especially in the education sector.

She commended the bloc for identifying with Nigeria's leadership strides in the continent and making it worthy of heading a region in its structure.

The minister said it was worthy of note that UNESCO had achieved a lot in other areas such as environmental and water management.



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