Last week His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited two UKaid projects in Lagos State funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of his visit to join Nigeria in celebrating 50 years of independence.
The Duke visited Ajenifuja Primary School, Ilupeju, where he met School Principal Mrs Fadare, her staff and pupils. The school is being supported by the DFID funded project ESSPIN - Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria.
The project is providing the school with a borehole which will provide 1296 pupils and 90 staff with safe drinking water and improved sanitation.
The Duke then drove to Gbaja Market, Surulere, where he visited a DFID funded Access to Finance project. This programme extends financial services to people without bank accounts by ensuring that the women who work in the market - a great number of whom are unable to use normal banks due to limited time and difficult access - have access to banking facilities. The programme works in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester, who is first cousin to Her Majesty The Queen, was visiting Nigeria to represent The Queen at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Nigeria as an independent nation.
UKaid objectives in Nigeria are to create jobs and income for more people; to promote better governance and more effective government spending on poverty reduction; and to help Nigeria to deliver basic services. DFID works with Federal and State Governments, in all regions of Nigeria.