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Foreign Education: Nigerians Undeterred Despite Rising Exchange Rates

Despite the prevailing surge in foreign exchange rates within the country, some Nigerians remain resolute in their pursuit of tertiary education abroad. During the just concluded Education Fair held in the Federal Capital Territory, parents, students, and professionals in the education sector cited various reasons for their continued preference for education abroad.

Abdulkareem Ogirima, Managing Director of Blue Stream Group, the organisers of Edu Fair, noted that Nigerians would always aspire to seek education abroad if the existing structures and systems within the country are not adequately improved.

“It is a well-known fact that all our successful academia never achieved everything they have while staying in Nigeria. They still have to go abroad for further academic qualifications,” he said. “For me, it will always be a win-win situation for the schools and the students. While they are studying abroad, they are the ones who will eventually return home to contribute to Nigeria’s development.

Without better facilities, freedom from prolonged strikes, and various other factors, people will continue to choose foreign schools. It is now our responsibility to guide them appropriately.” In guiding prospective students seeking to study abroad, Ogirima said the Edu Fair has consistently bridged the gap for many Nigerians and it has provided scholarship options for deserving students.

He added: “This year’s edition of Edu Fair will see us give 100 percent scholarships to students who perform excellently well in our in-house examinations. Meanwhile, Cagan Uctug, a representative of Sabanci University and Ayse Gergek of Isik University both confirmed there has been a noticeable increase in the number of Nigerian students enrolling in universities in Turkey in recent years as many now see the UK and Canada as being more expensive.

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