The partnership will help youth employment
The governor contended the AFDI for its support in capacity building and waterways transportation
Eko Hot Blog reports that the Lagos State Government is collaborating with the French Community to promote the French language in schools across the state.
The collaboration will help in fostering the employment of youths through cultural and linguistic ties.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State made this known during a courtesy visit by the French Minister of State for Development, Francophone and International Partnerships, Mrs Chrysoula Zacharapolou, and other delegates in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said, Nigeria has potential, and it was time to turn that potential into real possibilities and opportunities for Nigerians through different initiatives and partnerships.
“The state has also gotten to the stage where the French language should be made compulsory for the students in government schools.
“There are very few countries that do not speak English or French in Africa and if one could communicate in both languages, such person will have better opportunity.
“We should prepare our youths for the future to enable them be global citizens,.” governor Sanwo-Olu said
Speaking on the benefits to be derived from partnerships inherent in terms of business, entertainment and culture, the governor explained that the state government already had six pillars of actions and agenda tagged “THEMES PLUS”, which it was working on.
He said that the ‘E’ in the ‘THEMES’ agenda stood for entertainment, adding that the state government had trained over a thousand youths on directing, editing, cinematography, and photography, among other skills.
He also commended the Agriculteurs Francais et Developpement International (AFDI) for its support especially in capacity building and waterways transportation.
In her remarks, Zacharapolou said that the collaboration would facilitate more innovations, jobs and employment opportunities in the state.
The minister said studying of French in schools would be beneficial to the state.
”As we know, Nigeria is surrounded by Francophone countries and this will create more opportunities and links with people of different countries,” she said.
The highlight of the visit was the signing of the letter of intent to promote the French Language and improvement of the quality of French teaching in secondary schools in Lagos state.
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