The British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright concluded his first trip to Kano State Thursday.
During his three-day visit, Arkwright met with numerous leaders, including Executive Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Kano Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II.
Among the topics discussed were U.K. involvement in Kano State and northern Nigeria, the Nigerian economy and work being done in the state by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).
With regards to the DFID, Arkwright visited two of its programs operating in Kano State. One of them was the Education Sector Support Program in Nigeria (ESSPIN), which is dedicated to improving access to high-quality education.
ESSPIN uses an integrated approach that involves improving educational management, skills and training for teachers and school infrastructure. The program was developed between the U.K. and Nigerian governments and will be in effect through 2017.
Arkwright also visited Bayero University Kano, where he gained insight on the role the U.K. played in the founding of the educational institution, and the Gidan Makama museum, where he learned about the history of the Kano area.
As part of his Kano trip, Arkwright also got a look at the social leadership training program known as the Active Citizens Project. The program is operating at universities throughout Nigeria and is intended to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge required to produce social change in their respective communities.