The United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday, July 31, assured the government and people of Kaduna state of its support for their education, economic development and healthcare.

The UK made this pledge through Mr. Alok Sharma, its newly appointed Secretary of State for International Development, when he visited the state on Wednesday.

While addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting with the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Sharma who was appointed by the British government a week ago, noted that he was in the state to see what the government was doing in the areas of education and human capital development, and to also invite the Kaduna State governor to the African Investment Summit taking place in London, in January.

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He maintained that Nigeria, being one of the key partners of the UK, will gain from the London summit in areas of education, health and commerce; adding that his country was “providing a substantial and increasing package of education, health humanitarian and development support to Nigeria”.

In his response, governor El-Rufai commended the UK for efforts made at “improving the quality of education in the state through the teacher development programme, equipping 34 primary healthcare centres with solar power and other facilities as well as other humanitarian support”.

He also disclosed and commended the efforts of a British company in building a world-class ranch for herdsmen, in collaboration with the state government, to reduce the herders/farmers conflicts in the state.