The Earl of Wessex and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward has paid a courtesy call on Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
Prince Edward is in Nigeria to support the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, licenced in the Country as the International Award for Young People Nigeria.
Accompanied by the British Deputy High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson and the Chairman of the Award’s board of trustees in the Country, Wale Edun, a Trustee, Doyin Abiola and the Award’s Regional Director Africa, Edwin Kimani, Prince Edward emphasised that the award is providing many opportunities for the youths in Nigeria and stated that government and employers of labour need to recognise and encourage non-formal education.
While introducing the Award to the Governor, Edun, who aknowledged the current administration’s investment in education and technology explained that it is the premier platform globally for non-formal, co-curricular outside the classroom learning and it has been of tremendous value around the world and in Nigeria.
Founded by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the award is available to all young people aged 14 to 24 years, and equips them with life skills regardless of their background, culture and physical ability.
He sought the support of the State Government in the provision of internet access for youths participating in the award, to enable them share their works with their International counterparts.
Responding, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who commended the Royal family for its many charitable organisations which are positively impacting many lives, stated that public schools in Lagos have started imparting similar knowledge.
Governor Sanwo-Olu extended an invitation to Prince Edward to visit Lagos again in the nearest future and sent his warm regards to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.