The University of Ilorin, on Tuesday, commenced a two-week training programme on English Language for academics and non-academics from the French-speaking Republic of Benin.
Declaring the training open in Ilorin, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said the programme was part the university’s effort to aid the integration programme in Africa.
He said, “It is one of the things we need for deeper integration between Nigeria and Republic of Benin.’’
The vice-chancellor expressed optimism that the training would boost harmonisation of educational system in the sub-region.
He also expressed the hope that acquisition of English language lesson by participants would bridge immigration formalities between the two countries
“Africa is one blood, why should there be borders,” he said.
In her remarks, the Director of the Unilorin Linguistic Immersion Centre, Dr Elizabeth De-Campus, said the foreign participants came to acquire deeper knowledge of the English language in the university.
He said that the participants were members of staff of the University of Abumechalabi, Republic of Benin.
De-Campus said it was the centre which sent memos to various West African countries, asking them to send not only their students but also administrators for the training. (NAN)