Nigerians Planning To Study Abroad, Read This Before Making A Decision

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Dec 12, 2014 – Nigerians Planning To Study Abroad, Read This Before Making A Decision

Are you thinking about studying abroad, don’t be in a hurry to jet out. THINK RIGHT!!!

Nigeria’s education system is apparently in a sham. To many Nigerians, study abroad options remain the only way out. But are Nigerians choosing rightly where to study?

The high rate of employment prevalent in Nigeria has prompted many students to crave for foreign degrees as such degrees are thought to boost their career profiles. Understandably, some employers have recently increased emphasis on foreign certificates. Even those that intend to study in Nigeria, the case is somewhat pathetic. The capacity at existing universities has been stretched to its limits. Currently, just one in three applicants finds a place at an institution of higher education in Nigeria. This stimulates parents to opt for the study abroad option for their wards.

Having spent so many years studying and visiting several continents of the world, I have had the priviledge of meeting Nigerian students scattered all over the globe. Their vision is somewhat similar, everyone wanting to add value to their career profiles. Nigerian students’ experience in these countries differ widely, ranging from extreme displeasure to uttermost satisfaction.

Regardless of what student experience is abroad, study abroad cravings of Nigerian students remains on the rise. After Morocco, Nigeria sends the most students (over 39,000) overseas of any country on the African continent, according to data from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS). Europe has been the major destination. Due to the colonial ties and shared language, the United Kingdom has long been a favorite destination for Nigerian students overseas. But the UK seem to be passing mixed messages since the April 2012 cancellation of post-study visa meaning students have to leave within 90 days of their course ending. Only graduates who have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer under Tier 2 of the points-based system will be able to stay to work (https://immigrationmatters.co.uk/post-study-work-visa-to-be-abolished.html)

But the funny thing is …after borrowing money from left and right, to study for an academic program just as a number of students will do with the hope of getting job afterwards, companies often include some funny comments in their job advertisement. The most popular one is….
‘…This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (i.e. a work permit). To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas (e.g see https://www.lstmliverpool.ac.uk/working-with-us/human-resources/current-vacancies/ref-437)’

You will agree with me that it is going to be almost practically impossible to argue that no other UK person is qualified to get the job you are competing for, in the whole of UK for that matter!
Even Malaysia where our people run to, the story too na wa! In recent years, Malaysia emerged as a popular destination for Nigerians due to the (formerly) low tuition and living costs. Most recently however, things have changed as recent massive tuition hikes have made it expensive to study in both government and privately owned universities. Although it is argued that the cost of living in Malaysia is cheaper, there is no opportunity for foreign students to work. You cannot even secure a cleaning job..no matter how your CV looks!

This explains why a lot of Nigerians in Malaysia are into crimes all in a bid to either survive or to pay back loans that facilitated their travel to Malaysia. I don’t justify their actions sha! There is no moral justification for crime!!! Another dimension, although controversial, is the not-too-friendly (a paper-mild version of the word ‘hostile’) reception of Malaysians to people from Africa. Response from my interaction with several individuals remain somewhat similar – most Africans studying in Malaysia would encourage their prospecting friends to look elsewhere for their proposed study! Lest I forget, in other Asian countries, the ‘hostility’ story is similar.

From my experience so far, it seems to be that New Zealand in the coming years would emerge as a leading destination of international students. New Zealand seems to have a leading edge in this area by offering international students work-while-study and post-study opportunities. This would be an important pull factor that will shape the study destination decisions of prospective Nigerian students. In New Zealand, there is an entire website (https://www.sjs.co.nz/) dedicated to student jobs!

Plus the most thrilling one…the recently introduced unlimited work rights for international PhD and Masters by research students in selected universities. New Zealand government funding scheme enables selected universities to offer PhD study to international students for the same tuition fees as New Zealand PhD students. Imagine paying tuition fees of approximately US$5,089 (just around 700,000 Naira per annum) instead of about US25,000 (about four million Naira per annum). In addition, other benefits for international PhD students are: (a) Your dependent children are classified as domestic students and can attend New Zealand’s free public primary and secondary schools (b) Your spouse/partner is eligible for an open work permit valid for the duration of your PhD program (c) As a PhD student you have unlimited work rights under the terms of your student visa (d) On completion of your PhD, you can apply for a 12-month Post-study work visa (open) through Immigration New Zealand to allow you to search for employment. If you are able to find a suitable job in your chosen field, you may then apply for a two-year Post-study work visa (employer assisted). Again people who have successfully completed, in New Zealand, a qualification that would gain points under New Zealand Immigration Skilled Migrant Category. This includes most Bachelor, Masters and PhD graduates (visit Immigration New Zealand for further details and a full list of eligible qualifications).

Dear Nigerian student, it is my candid advice that you think well and choose right when deciding where to travel for the purpose of adding value.

With our exceptional knowledge of these on-the ground situation in New Zealand, SuccessWriters Consultancy New Zealand Limited (SWC) is well suited to provide up-to-date information that influences study destination preference of Nigerian students. Should you decide to study in New Zealand, signing up with your CV and scanned documents at SuccessWriters Consultancy NZ Limited is worth a million steps in the right direction!

Are you ready for a voyage into your envisioned future, visit us at https://www.successwritersconsultancy.weebly.com or simply e-mail us your CV and scanned credentials (successwriters@gmail.com). The rest would be history!

(Dr Christopher Dada, SuccessWriters Consultancy New Zealand Limited, Address: 6/174 Old Farm Road, Hamilton East, New Zealand, +64211156591, +2347014708277, +2348063635966)

[Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NaijaGists.com]

17 thoughts on “Nigerians Planning To Study Abroad, Read This Before Making A Decision

  1. This is a rimembas me wetin I was want to be forgeting. The thing be say I didint going to skool when others wenting bicos is no money to be pays my skool fiis. But I having with hope that morova one day I will traveling to be oversee to be reading a books.

  2. Dear Bezo et al, I think I understand why it was easy for you to have fallen victim in the hands of cyber-criminals. Your vulnerability simply lies in your inability to constructively and intelligently, separate what is authentic from error-filled scams of cyber-criminals. Rather than coming out assertively about an issue you are completely ignorant of, one would have at least expected a common sense of reasoning that asks a simple question: are the author’s claims verifiable? If I am correct, the author of the text cited three websites available in the public domain that supports his claim. That you have not attempted checking them is obvious to any intelligent mind. If I were you, I would have for the purpose of verification, contacted Education New Zealand (the authority in charge of educational affairs in New Zealand), Immigration New Zealand or search the New Zealand Companies Register etc before crying out loud to disparage others simply because you were previously ‘duped’. Perhaps, it has become clear to the world, how easy it was for you to have been duped in the first place. Your unintelligent acceptance of every hook, line and sinker of text that comes your way without coherent thoughts on your part that could lead to their verification. Ask questions, seek to verify claims and read between the lines. This, in my opinion, is strictly common sense.

    • You are right. Some people who comment on this site read without digesting. The author cited three websites to support his claim. Why can’t they first visit those websites before commenting?.

  3. @Just being Factual…
    I strongly suspect u, even looking at ur name ic guilty already. Scammers get d sweetest tongue. Why nt allow a good market to sell itself? U need to visit SARS 4ds dubious post,

  4. Good Morning all; i have tried to verify the website given in the article above, the website did not exit, so please keef off this is another 419. Thank you all

  5. @Mr OkoroJC, thanks for being true to your name. When I juxtapose your submission (as herein presented) with the many error-filled junk mails I receive that claim I have won some millions of dollars I have not laboured for, it becomes glaring who the real spammer is. Your submission simply does not differ from that of a spammer. Now I guess, I need to take you back to the classroom for some crucial lessons I strongly suspect you failed to learn in school. You wrote and I quote ‘even looking at your name ic guilty already’. Were you trying to pass a message or making us even more confused. Where do you ‘see’ the relevance of the word ‘guilty’ in this case? Lest I forget too, ‘Scammers get d sweetest tongue’ as you put it gives me an idea of the category of the community you most likely belong to, not the working class of course! Definitely not, because the way you speak, as translated into the lines you submit on public spaces as this, suggests strongly that you would most likely fail any job interview session you attend. Furthermore, the term ‘why not allow good market sell itself’ as you mentioned, is potentially confusing. I have never in my whole life seen a ‘market’ sell itself. Only a good product does. Next time, try to end your post with a full stop (and perhaps STOP where fools stop!) instead of a comma as you have done.

    @fatty26, there is a proverb our elders often cite that strongly applies to you. When a man promises to clothe you, give due consideration to the cloth he has on himself. In other words, you cannot offer that which you do not have. Just like your friend, @okoroJC, you wrote and I quote, ‘i have tried to verify the website given in the article above, the website did not exist’. Did you mean ‘the website does not exist’. Someone who cannot independently verify his submission on such a public space as this, now suggesting to the world that he has done some sort of verification on another man’s claim…I am tired of this whole idea of bathing grown-ups in the public. On a corrective note, I did a background check on the individual who submitted this claim and confirm that it’s genuine. Already, I know three individuals who have signed up. I won’t advise you to sign up though as I am fully persuaded you may find it difficult coping in a society abroad where communication in English language matters. Anyway, Asia awaits you if you intend studying abroad! Definitely not New Zealand.

  6. @Mr OkoroJC, thanks for being true to your name. When I juxtapose your submission (as presented) with the many error-filled junk mails I receive that claim I have won some millions of dollars I have not laboured for, it becomes glaring who the real spammer is. Your submission simply does not differ from that of a spammer. Now I guess, I need to take you back to the classroom for some crucial lessons I strongly suspect you failed to learn in school. You wrote and I quote ‘even looking at your name ic guilty already’. Were you trying to pass a message or making us even more confused. Where do you ‘see’ the relevance of the word ‘guilty’ in this case? Lest I forget too, ‘Scammers get d sweetest tongue’ as you put it gives me an idea of the category of the community you most likely belong to, not the working class of course! Definitely not, because the way you speak, as translated into the lines you submit on public spaces as this, suggests strongly that you would most likely fail any job interview session you attend. Furthermore, the term ‘why not allow good market sell itself’ as you mentioned, is potentially confusing. I have never in my whole life seen a ‘market’ sell itself. Only a product does. Next time, try to end your post with a full stop (and perhaps STOP where f**ls stop!) instead of a comma as you have done. @fatty26, there is a proverb our elders often cite that strongly applies to you. When a man promises to clothe you, give due consideration to the cloth he has on himself. In other words, you cannot offer that which you do not have. Just like your friend, @okoroJC, you wrote and I quote, ‘i have tried to verify the website given in the article above, the website did not exist’. Did you mean ‘the website does not exist’. Someone who cannot independently verify his submission on such a public space as this, now suggesting to the world that he has done some sort of verification on another man’s claim…I am tired of this whole idea of bathing grown-ups in the public. On a corrective note, I did a background check on the individual who submitted this claim and confirm that it’s genuine. Already, I know three individuals who have signed up. I won’t advise you to sign up though as I am fully persuaded you may find it difficult coping in a society abroad where communication in English language matters. Anyway, Asia awaits you if you intend studying abroad! Definitely not New Zealand.

  7. Hi ****** leave mr okoro alone, i dont know where you are writing from son, or if you are partner to the author.
    But we get this straight we appreciate his article but we also wish to verify beyond reasonable doubt.
    I understand you are so good in english, probably you are a proffesor.
    But easy son, money is not easy to come by, so we want to be sure so not to make mistake, and please proffesor allow other have thier say, the grammatical accuracy is not as important as the message

  8. Dear one @YungJc, I am not a professor of English as you suggest. I am just an ordinary fellow like yourself who checks-in regularly to read news items placed on Naija Gist. Someone claiming to have verified the website of others claiming that it ‘did not exist’ is not having his say but bringing others down. What I dislike is someone sitting lazily somewhere passing idle comments about another man’s hard-work. That was why I decided to refer the critics back to the other four fingers pointing in their direction. As much as I understand that a lot of cyber-criminals are out there, there are very subtle ways of deciphering who is authentic and who is not, rather than just blowing incoherent grammar somewhere on an issue one is not very conversant with. If I were the cynics, I would simply contact via phone, the New Zealand authorities e.g the New Zealand Companies Office to verify details of the New Zealand company therein mentioned, the nature of their business etc. I just typed in the address (6 /174 Old Farm Rd Hamilton East Hamilton) where they claim to be operating from and was amazed at what I saw. No shady business will want to be involved in so much of a publicity stunt abroad (a cheap possibility in Nigeria though). I also did some background check on the New Zealand Yellow pages of the region where the author claims to have his office (perhaps you need to check for yourself at https://yellow.co.nz/y/successwriters-consultancy-nz-hamilton or https://yellow.co.nz/tauranga-area/education-consultants). I did a background check on their principal staff as mentioned on the website, even contacted them just to be sure, these are well-traveled and well-read individuals wanting the best of education for the upcoming generation. Most importantly though, they are on ground serving in public institutions; makes it easy for me to hold them by the neck should things go wrong. Lest I forget, the writer is an adult. The term ‘not bathing grown-ups in public’ was just used in a figurative manner.

  9. Dear one, I am not a professor of English as you suggest. I am just an ordinary fellow like yourself who checks-in regularly to read news items placed on Naija Gist. Someone claiming to have verified the website of others claiming that it ‘did not exist’ is not having his say but bringing others down. What I dislike is someone sitting lazily somewhere passing idle comments about another man’s hard-work. That was why I decided to refer the critics back to the other four fingers pointing in their direction. As much as I understand that a lot of cyber-criminals are out there, there are very subtle ways of deciphering who is authentic and who is not, rather than just blowing incoherent grammar somewhere on an issue one is not very conversant with. If I were the cynics, I would simply contact via phone, the New Zealand authorities e.g the New Zealand Companies Office to verify details of the New Zealand company therein mentioned, the nature of their business etc. I just typed in the address (6 /174 Old Farm Rd Hamilton East Hamilton) where they claim to be operating from and was amazed at what I saw. No shady business will want to be involved in so much of a publicity stunt abroad (a cheap possibility in Nigeria though). I also did some background check on the New Zealand Yellow pages of the region where the author claims to have his office (perhaps you need to check for yourself at https://yellow.co.nz/y/successwriters-consultancy-nz-hamilton or https://yellow.co.nz/tauranga-area/education-consultants). I did a background check on their principal staff as mentioned on the website, even contacted them just to be sure, these are well-traveled and well-read individuals wanting the best of education for the upcoming generation. Most importantly though, they are on ground serving in public institutions; makes it easy for me to hold them by the neck should things go wrong. Lest I forget, the writer is an adult. The term ‘not bathing grown-ups in public’ was just used in a figurative manner.

  10. Dear all, thanks for all your comments about our post on NaijaGist. I appreciate the prospective students and parents who have contacted us upon sighting our article. I also appreciate the individuals who have raised their concerns about the authenticity of our claims. Understandably, the frequency at which cyber-crimes have persistently operated in our nation and by our fellow Nigerians abroad often makes one tread softly when approaching so-called consultants. Not in our case though. We have a name to protect. I strongly perceive at this juncture that it would be appropriate for me to show up on the scene to answer your questions. Kindly note that our company, SuccessWriters Consultancy NZ Limited is incorporated and based in New Zealand. Additionally, Dr Christopher .A. Dada is a certified Education New Zealand consultant (NZQA). Should you have one or more clarifications, we have nothing to hide. You could contact us on this platform by sending your questions as a comment via NaigaGist and we would be more than willing to answer them.

    Alternatively, you could call us on the following lines:

    Nigeria:
    +2347014708277 – Dr Christopher .A. Dada,
    +2348139152995 – Professor S.O. Bandele,
    +2348063635966 – Mr Akinboye Abayomi

    New Zealand:
    +64211156591 – Mdm Oluwaseun Debby
    (note: New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Nigeria)

    You are also welcome to send us an e-mail on successwriters@gmail.com

    Thanks for your attention.

    Dr Christopher .A. Dada

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