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Nigerian Government Director applauds UCLan

06 August 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Director of Revenue and Investment visits University on Preston visit

A Director from the Nigerian Government has given the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) his seal of approval after he visited the University on his first visit to Preston.

Mr Abubakar Abdu Giza, the Director of Revenue and Investment from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation of Nigeria, visited UCLan with his family and said he was “extremely impressed with the University, its facilities and the hospitality he received.”

Mr Giza was given a tour of the University by Russell Hogarth, UCLan Honorary Fellow, Community Engagement Ambassador and Chair of the Creative Communities Group (www.ccguk.org) at UCLan which aims to empower people to make positive changes through volunteering and community engagement. Mr Giza’s son is a UCLan student and member of the Creative Communities Group.

“The Director was highly impressed with UCLan and is looking forward to possible future collaborative ventures.”

The Director’s visit included a tour around Lancashire Business School and the Northern Lights Business Incubation Unit which provides support to fledgling student and graduate businesses in the North West.

Russell commented: “I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Mr Giza and his family. The Director was highly impressed with UCLan and is looking forward to possible future collaborative ventures. Two members of Mr Giza’s family are already studying for PhDs at UCLan and two more have applied to study here in September.”

It is the third time in six months that a Nigerian representative has been to UCLan. In December last year his Royal Majesty EZE Dr Joboson Anyabeledike Utchay JP came to see his son Vincent who is studying for a Masters in law and in June UCLan’s Creative Communities Group hosted the eighth International Conference of Nigerian Students which was opened by Preston Mayor Nick Pomfret.