The French Embassy in Nigeria seeks to strengthen its partnership with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and explore more areas of collaboration in the Fund’s scholarship and other educational development programs, aimed at building capacities of Nigerians to contribute to the oil and gas industry.
French Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr Jarome Pasquier, who paid a courtesy call on the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau at PTDF House in Abuja said, the scholars sent from the Fund in the last three years are the most organized and hardworking students received by France in recent history.
The French envoy while appreciating the mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries said that, PTDF has established a very strong tie with the Embassy and Campus France which need to be further consolidated for the good of the two countries.
“We are aware of the importance of Nigeria, the biggest country in Africa, we have traditional relationship and we want to maintain it and explore new possibilities of cooperation. We have a wonderful cooperation and partnership with PTDF, your scholarship is more organized, and you sent a very good students, working well and very successful in France”.
Executive Secretary, PTDF, Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau in his remark thanked the envoy for the visit and expressed the Fund’s readiness to collaborate with all institutions that are ready to support in the implementation of the Fund’s mandate particularly in Education, Trainings and in Research and Development.
He said the Fund has excellently worked with the French Embassy and Campus France and is willing to extend its programmes to some other French universities such as the Leon and Grenoble universities particularly in joint research and other education and training programmes.
He said the relationship which just started in 2016 with Eight (8) students has grown to over 70 students in both Msc and PhD categories attributing the growth to the new selection process introduced by the Fund which produced high quality students.
“What I want to say is that, our relationship with France started just in 2016 but already it is turning up to be one of the most important relationship we have had. Infact presently France is the second biggest estimation for most of the beneficiaries of the PTDF scholarships. Since that programme commence in 2016 we hardly had any mishap or serious issues. so, I want to thank you on behalf of PTDF for what the Embassy and Campus France have been doing, actually we are looking forward to expanding this relationship because people are coming with fantastic results”.
He said the Fund is already building some institutions in-country and will in the near future see how the partnership can be extended to exploring more opportunities of further collaboration between the two countries in these respects.