The German Consul-General in Lagos, Mr Ingo Herbert, has urged Nigerian leaders to intensify efforts in equipping the teeming youths with quality education at all levels.
He made the call on the sidelines of the official launch of an NGO called SJJ Education on Tuesday in Lagos.
SJJ Education is a German Education NGO for international students.
Herbert said that one of the ways to ensure quality education in youths was to use substantial portion of recovered funds allegedly stolen by public officials
in ensuring free tuition across all levels.
The envoy added that for any country to attain accelerated development and growth, it must invest massively in the education of its citizens.
He added that “education is a critical and potent weapon in the empowerment of any individual.
“In October 2014 for example, the German Government took the step to completely scrap tuition fees in all public universities which allowed international
students to study in universities free.
“With this arrangement, we had in 2014, about 2.7 million university students studying free with about 300,000 of them foreigners.
“This German policy on education, particularly the higher education, is made free for everyone, irrespective of nationality.”