Netherlands offers scholarships to 60 Nigerians — Envoy

The Envoy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, John Groffen, on Wednesday said that about 60 Nigerians last year benefited from the scholarships of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP).

Mr. Groffen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the NFP scholarships had afforded the Nigerian beneficiaries the opportunities to study in different educational institutions in the Netherlands.

“We have a Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), which enables Nigerians to study in the Netherlands.

“In 2015, more than 60 Nigerians benefited from our scholarship programme under the NFP, which enabled them to study in the Netherlands,’’ he said.

The envoy expressed satisfaction at the growing level of educational and cultural exchanges between Nigeria and the Netherlands.

Mr. Groffen said that his government was looking forward to more future cooperation with Nigeria in the area of educational exchanges.

The Netherlands’ representative in Nigeria also said that there were currently about 30 Dutch companies in different parts of Nigeria.

He also said that “many more” Dutch companies had indicated interest in coming to invest and do business in Nigeria.

According to him, some Dutch companies are still making inquiries about the legal framework, government and central bank policies, as well as Nigeria’s overall favourable investment environment.

Mr. Groffen, therefore, said that it was imperative for the Nigerian government to create the appropriate environment that would attract more foreign investments to Nigeria. (NAN)

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