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Germany-Nigeria relations to prosper youths

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By Mercy Kelani

There is an increasing need for German language instruction in Nigeria.

In Abuja, an important has taken place that has the potential to change the lives of countless young Nigerians aspiring for international education and prospects. In a private interview, Annett Günther, the Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, reveals insights into the developing connection between Nigeria and Germany. This longstanding alliance, which has lasted for more than sixty years, is now shifting towards a new direction centred on enhancing education, managing migration, and fostering economic growth.

The foundation of this bond lies in a shared aspiration to enhance relationships and foster beneficial results for each country. Nigerian students hoping to further their education in Germany often struggle with the language barrier, which is seen as a major obstacle. Even though there are many English-taught courses available, the belief that fluency in German is necessary has deterred many prospective students from applying. Ambassador Günther highlighted the increasing need for German language instruction in Nigeria, pointing to a strong desire among young people to close this linguistic gap.

Repatriation of illegal Nigerian immigrants residing in Germany.

Consequently, Germany is intensifying its initiatives to improve visa procedures and expand scholarship opportunities, with the goal of making the aspiration of studying in Germany more achievable for Nigerian students. Germany, through the perspective of Ambassador Günther, has taken an inclusive and progressive approach to the topic of migration on a global scale. In light of recent conversations, the ambassador has highlighted positive dialogues with Nigerian authorities concerning the repatriation of illegal Nigerian immigrants residing in Germany.

She highlighted Germany’s welcoming attitude towards legal migration, specifically targeting skilled and semi-skilled workers. This strategy is not just about addressing labour shortages; it aims to enhance the German economy by embracing a variety of talents and viewpoints. Given the urgent demand for skilled workers in industries like healthcare and services, Nigeria’s dynamic workforce has the potential to significantly contribute to Germany’s prosperity. The core of the partnership is centred around collaboration for development, which has been greatly advanced by the work of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Diplomatic ties between Germany and Nigeria involve mutual representation.

Progress has been notable in various sectors including economic growth, training for youth, empowerment of women and marginalized groups, agriculture, ensuring food security, and promoting renewable energy. Ambassador Günther is pleased to showcase the successful implementation of the Energy Support Programme and the Youth Skills Development Programme, both of which have significantly influenced positive change. Additionally, the German Nigeria business forum symbolizes the dedication of both countries to encouraging renewable energy investment, paving the way for a sustainable and mutually advantageous economic alliance.

Furthermore, the diplomatic ties between Germany and Nigeria involve mutual representation through embassies and consulates. Germany maintains an embassy in Abuja and a consulate-general in Lagos, while Nigeria has its embassy in Berlin and consulate-general in Frankfurt. Established in 1986, the Nigerian-German Chamber of Commerce aims to enhance economic relations and promote trade between Germany and Nigeria. Over the years, it has successfully strengthened the economic bonds between the two countries. Established in 2011, the German-Nigerian Binational Commission was designed to enhance collaboration in trade, academia, energy, migration challenges, and culture.

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Additionally, Germany has initiated a range of initiatives in Nigeria to support the government. In response to the impact of Lake Chad’s shrinking leading to droughts and food scarcity in Borno State, the German government pledged 100 million euros in 2020 to provide assistance. In addition to training the Nigerian Armed Forces in combatting Boko Haram, the government has provided support for Nigeria’s efforts to eliminate polio, leading to its eradication from the country in 2021 with the help of Germany.

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