The US Consulate has called on Nigerians to apply for admission into tertiary institutions in the United States.
Aruna Amirthanayagam, country public affairs officer, US embassy in Abuja, made the call at the formal opening of the EducationUSA centre on Friday in Calabar.
He said there are options for more Nigerians seeking education in American universities.
According to NAN, the consul spokersperson revealed that there are about 4,500 educational institutions in the USA, making it one of the greatest learning destinations in the world.
He added that EducationUSA is an arm of the US government promoting education in the USA.
“We really want more Nigerians to come and take part in our educational system; through our EducationUSA Centre in Calabar. We hope to have more students from Cross River going to the US to further their education,” he said.
Public affairs officer, US consulate general, Lagos, Stephen Ibelli said the centre helps to facilitate the movement of Nigerian students to tertiary institutions in US.
“At present, we have over 14,000 Nigerian students studying in the U.S and we hope to grow that number and further strengthen the ties between both countries,” he said.
“This is where the EducationUSA Resource Centre comes in, so, we urge the residents of Cross River to visit the centre and learn about the educational opportunities in the U.S. free of charge.
“We are also opening centres in Benin, Akwa, Enugu to provide this information, so that students don’t have to travel all the way to Lagos Abuja or other big cities.”
Also speaking, Cross River commissioner for education, Godwin Amanke, said the state is proud to identify with EducationUSA.
“The information given here is the information that people pay for, but through the EducationUSA Resource Centre, it is free.
“However, as much as it is okay for Nigerian students to travel to the US to study, all I ask for is for them to come back and develop our country when they are done,” he said.