The Sokoto State Government says it has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kent University, USA on academic and cultural exchange.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal said this in a statement signed by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam in Sokoto on Sunday.
Imam said the agreement was signed by the Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Muhammad Kilgori and Dr Linda Robertson of Kent University’s Gerald Read Centre for International and Inter-cultural education in Sokoto.
According to Imam, the scope of the agreement is also to exchange students between Sokoto and the university for traditional exchange programmes and exchange of academic personnel for teaching and research.
Speaking when she paid a courtesy visit to Tambuwal in Sokoto, Robertson said the agreement also involved organisation of joint seminars and conferences and hosting of faculty members from partner institution.
Development of joint research and publications is also part of the agreement, according to the governor’s aide.
“It also involves development of specialised degree completion programmes, accelerated attention for girls to girls’ education and teacher-improvement activities,” Robertson said.
She said that her visit to Sokoto had also provided her the opportunity of assessing government’s commitment to turn around the fortune of the educational sector in the state.
“Your decision to declare a state of emergency in the educational sector shows fully how committed you are to addressing the challenges facing the sector.
“I am happy that you have followed up on the declaration by implementing recommendations offered by professionals to help the sector improve.”
Responding, Tambuwal said that Sokoto had reputation for keeping to agreements entered into with various organisations at home and abroad, and assured that the MoU would be implemented to the letter.
He commended Robertson for visiting Sokoto and interacting with stakeholders and youth organisations, saying that the state was open for further agreements with interested entities to move all sectors in the state forward. (NAN)