Consul-General of the U.S. in Nigeria, Mr Jefferey Hawkins, has said at least 7,000 Nigerians were studying in various American universities.
Hawkins who said this when he visited Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, also commended him for making education a priority.
“We are in Osun to see and feel the culture and tourism of the state, as well as to understand the heritage, belief system and culture of the people of the South-West.
“We appreciate the beautiful scenery and ambience of the Osun Grove, and we hope to repeat this (visit) yearly,” Hawkins said.
He lauded Aregbesola for his reforms in education, observing that with what was on ground in the state, the governor was a lover of education.
Hawkins, who said more than 7,000 Nigerian students were in different American universities, said the figure was one of the highest from the African continent.
“This figure is higher than that of any country on the African continent. This shows how governments in this country take education very serious,” he added.
Aregbesola, in his response said his administration would continue to give education the priority it deserves, adding that he had learnt so much from the U.S. example.