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Australia is open to Nigerian students to study, work – Envoy

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Leilani Bin-Juda, the High Commissioner of Australia to Nigeria, has said that her country is interested in deepening the existing bilateral relations with Nigeria in a way that will mutually benefit the peoples of the two countries.

She said that her country is particularly, interested in scaling up the level of economic co-operation between the two countries, as well as, interested in ensuring that more prospective Nigerian students leverage on the excellent education infrastructures in Australia.

Leilani, who stated this, during a reception tagged, ‘Study Australia Networking’ organized by the High Commission in Abuja, last week, noted that her country is the best place in the World for Nigerians to study.

The High Commissioner expressed delight that her country has continued to maintain excellent relationship with the Government and people of Nigeria, promising to work towards ensuring that new window of partnership is open between the two countries.

She said, “Australia delivers a well-targeted development programme in Africa to help build food security and resilience, strengthen government capacity in key sectors, empower vulnerable communities, and share knowledge on climate adaptation and renewable energy.

“Our development cooperation programmes utilise Australian skills and technical expertise in education, agriculture, health, mining, and science and technology wherever possible. We ensure a strong focus on gender equality and disability inclusion across all of our activities and partnerships.

“Australia Awards Masters Scholarships and courses on climate adaptation and mitigation, and renewable energy, and Humanitarian funding to address food security, including in the Horn of Africa

“Deployments of Australian expertise through Australia Assists and the United Nations Junior Professional Officer Program, and Funding to ACIAR to expand agricultural and climate change related projects in Africa, and Digital Earth Africa, a tool mapping impacts of climate change across the continent.

“Australia’s engagement with Africa, particularly with Nigeria, reflects the diverse challenges and opportunities across the African continent. We are providing immediate, lifesaving humanitarian support for those impacted by devastating drought and conflict in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere, through our UN and Australian NGO partnerships.

“Through high quality education and training programs, and deployments of technical experts, we are helping African nations to build capabilities, including in climate change adaptation, climate-resilient agriculture and water security.

“We are also reaching communities in Africa, Nigeria, in particular, with assistance that helps them recover from the social and economic impacts of COVID-19, and creates safe and supportive environments for women and youth”.