‘Nigeria Is US Partner Of Choice'

United States Consul-General, Mr. Will Stevens, has described Nigeria as a partner of choice. Speaking during a courtesy visit on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Owunari Georgewill at the Vice Chancellor's Committee Room on Thursday October 26, 2022, Stevens cited exchange programmes in the area of education in which the partnership flourishes.

“I am profoundly happy to be here today, especially as Nigeria remains the United States partner of choice when it comes to education in Africa. We bring American scholars here; we bring your scholars to the United States and that sort of cross pollination is the reason why the partnership between Nigeria and the United States is so strong,” Stevens said, adding that African graduates in diaspora from across the world mostly come from Nigeria.

“I truly believe that the exchange on the academic level is the foundation for partnership and that's what makes the United States, Nigeria's partner of choice. Nigeria is by far the United States partner of choice on behalf of the rest of the African Continent. Nigerians in the United States are among the most successful people, and they are also products of exchange because they come back home to invest in Nigeria,” he said.

Earlier in his remark, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Georgewill, commended the Consul-General for recognising the University as an institution of repute to warrant his visit in person, stressing that it is a mark of excellence on the part of the University. He expressed hope that the visit would further boost the existing partnership between the University and the US government.

The US Delegation and the Principal Officers were later taken round an art exhibition at the American Corner, Donald Ekong University Library. The University Librarian, Dr Helen Emeasalu, highlighted some of the needs of the Corner to the consular while also reiterating its commitment to the ideals of the United States in Nigeria.

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