The British High Commission in Nigeria has begun the training of over 200 public school teachers in Oyo State.
British Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria Peter Carter, who visited Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday in his office in Ibadan, the state capital, said the training was the commission’s contribution towards improving education.
He said the training was a collaboration between the commission and the state government on education, trade and investment as well as gender equality.
The British envoy said his commission had not been paying much attention to the Southwest, except Lagos.
He said there were “abundant investment opportunities” in Ibadan and pledged to help the state develop its resources.
Carter said the urban renewal programme of the Ajimobi administration was responsible for the influx of foreign investors into the state.
He said: “Ibadan is rapidly developing. It is very pleasant for me to be in the city that is fast looking into the future.”
Ajimobi said his administration would continue to focus on vocational training/skill acquisition to make people in the middle and low-class financially independent.
Describing education as the largest sector in the state, he said his administration would continue to improve it.
Ajimobi said: “We have always cherished education and we still want to keep the tradition of developing our human capital.”
Explaining that machinery had been put in place for the rapid industrialisation of the state, he said Oyo was recently listed by the New York Times as a preferred investors’ destination in Africa because of the peaceful environment, availability of infrastructure and landmass.
Ajimobi thanked the commission for its help.