Envoy advises Nigeria on mobile educational solutions

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Finish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Matti Anttonen has advised the Nigerian Government to adopt tablets and mobile solutions in order to develop the country’s education sector.

Mr Anttonen who was part of a Finish delegation to Nigeria said the adoption of new strategies to learning would give room for many Nigerians to study at home instead of travelling abroad.

The Deputy Minister who said this against the backdrop of many Nigerians seeking foreign education especially in Scandinavian countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark; maintained that the alternative learning solutions were among the things that made Finland a destination point.

“We have a fair number of Nigerians studying in Finland, I think one of the things Nigeria needs to do is to develop the education sector here so that the people will not need to go to study abroad and one of the companies with us specializes in education solutions, tablets and smart-phones based education systems, for languages for example, that way, developing the education system here in Nigeria will allow people to stay at home instead of trying to find a study place which are hitherto inadequate,” Mr Anttonen stressed.

According to the envoy, Finland is very strong in the areas that were of interest to Nigeria such as power, electricity, healthcare and education.

Bilateral trade

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Finland in Nigeria, Mrs Pirjo Soumela-Chowdhury who led the team to Lagos State House in Ikeja, said the delegation held talks on areas of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Mrs Soumela-Chowdhury explained that the delegation decided to stop by in Lagos due to the pride of place the state occupied in Nigeria’s economy.

“We are in Lagos to talk about how to promote trade and economic relations between Finland and Nigeria and obviously when you are talking about promoting trade and economic relations in Nigeria, you have to come to Lagos which everybody knows is the business centre of this country, so we are very happy to be here and we have held a fantastic meeting with the Governor and he was very glad to receive us,” she added.

The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Overseas Affairs and Investment- Professor Ademola Abass highlighted the thematic areas of the talks which include security, education and energy.