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Nigerians spent ₦190b in education in America last year – US

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United States Government, yesterday, said that about 14,000 Nigerians who pursued U.S. graduate and undergraduate degrees, brought an estimated $501 million (N190,129,500,000.00) to the country last year.

  Disclosing this in a fact sheet released on its website, US government revealed that Nigeria sends more students to American colleges and universities than any other country in Africa.

  “With over 100,000 travelers to the United States each year, Nigerians boost American businesses, colleges, and universities. There are over 8,800 education and exchange program alumni from Nigeria and the United States. Nigeria sends more students to American colleges and universities than any other country in Africa and is the eleventh largest source worldwide of international students to the United States. In Academic Year 2019-2020, a record-breaking number of nearly 14,000 Nigerians pursued U.S. graduate and undergraduate degrees, bringing an estimated $501 million to communities across America,” the post reads.

  Stating that in 2020, advisees of Education USA services received scholarships worth $28 million, the post revealed that “northeast Nigeria has become one of the world’s most challenging and complex humanitarian crises. The United States is the largest humanitarian donor in response to the crisis, providing $1.45 billion since 2015 and supporting almost two million conflict-affected households.

  It also disclosed that “since 2017, Department of State and Department of Defense security assistance for Nigeria totals approximately $650 million, including $500 million in Foreign Military Sales. The United States looks forward to delivering twelve A-29 Super Tucano aircraft this year. Nigeria also has one of the largest International Military-Education and Training (IMET) programs in Sub-Saharan Africa while United States promotes strong and broad collaboration between government and civil society at all levels, including civil society organisations led by women and members of marginalised groups and also support the establishment of robust early warning systems to identify and mitigate drivers of communal conflict and violence in vulnerable states.”

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