The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Cross River State Government recently in Ottawa, Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on education.
The MoU signing came barely 24 hours after the Canadian Government and Cross River State concluded deal on trade and investment. The President of CBIE, Kate McBride, signed on behalf of her bureau while Governor Ben Ayade signed for Cross River State Government.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Ayade said the intent of the MoU “is to create a new celebration for the Cross River State Government to ensure that all citizens and indeed, all Nigerians have quality education that is akin to the Canadian standard.”
Recall that during this year’s Children Day celebration, the governor had announced plans by his administration to build a model school of Canadian standard in each of the three senatorial districts in the state.
He said the signing of the MoU was therefore, an opportunity to expand “the scope to include the builders’ school, a reconstruction of academia of some sort to improve hands on experience learning.
“We are proud and happy that CBIS is taking us across various institutions and we are quite proud and happy of what we have seen here in Canada. We are hoping that the partnership with CBIE shall ensure that we have this kind of institutions in Nigeria and indeed Africa,” Ayade concluded.
Before the MoU signing ceremony, the governor was given a tour of some technical schools in Ottawa Ontario.