By Joy Odor
The Public Affairs Counselor, Embassy of the United States of America, Mr Adnan Siddiqi has said the the country is always ready to give international diversity and inclusivity to Nigeria students by providing unbiased information and counsel for study in U.S. universities and colleges.
He stated this in his welcome address at the 21st Edition of the College Fair organized by the EducationUSA Advising Center of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja with the theme: “Exploring Opportunities, Post Pandemic.
Mr. Siddiqi informed that schooling in the U.S will create understanding and cultural affinity between Nigeria and the United States.
Public Affairs Counselor affirmed the U.S appreciation for all talents, and creativity approach that Nigerian students bring to the American campuses.
He explained to Nigerian students in scholarship that every beneficiary must leave the country at the stipulated time unless on special arrangement not to prevent themselves and others from benefitting in the future.
Mr Siddiqi stressed that 25 schools from different States of the U.S participated in the College Fair attended by school children from various schools in the Federal Capital Territory, teachers and parents from all walks of life.
According to him, some of the services provided include guidance on the U.S. college application process, standardized testing, student visa requirements, and pre-departure orientation, saying in addition, the center provides outreach to Nigerian secondary schools, universities and other institutions.
“Twenty-five U.S.-based institutions will be present to provide information and necessary guidance to participants. Over 1,500 participants are expected at the fair.
“No one country has it all as every country of the world has its own challenges in the education sector adding that the U.S seems better off owing to numerous discussions amongst stakeholders to find solutions” he said.
Speaking in an interview, a 15 year old Remy Bethel said “I will study in the U.S because I want to graduate in record time, the incessant strike actions will not allow me graduate when I should if I study in Nigeria.
“US have better facilities to study and there will be no strike” she lamented.
Also commenting, a parent, Mr. Donatus Anumba maintained that it is the duty of parents to nurture their children and give them the best opportunity to excel in life.
He said seeking admission and scholarship outside the shores of Nigeria is the best option for excellence.
Mr. Anumba said children are treasures from God, hence parents should always support them in the pursuit of their dreams without interruptions or distractions.
“Many opportunities abound in studying in the United States of America especially with the scholarship” he said.