Reno Omokri, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, says the mandatory International English Language Tests System (IELTS) requirement for Nigerians seeking to study in the United Kingdom is an insult to Nigeria.
Omokri said “it is an insult for the UK to ask Nigerians to prove they can speak English before giving them study visas”
The former presidential aide was seen telling UK High Commissioner to Ghana in a video posted on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.
He urged the UK government to remove the barrier, most especially for Commonwealth countries like Nigeria.
Policy Shapers, a nonprofit organisation empowering young people with knowledge, skills and tools to engage with public policy has been leading the #ReformIELTSPolicy campaign for more than three years.
According to the founder of the organisation and convener of the campaign, Ebenezar Wikina, the campaign has gained popularity amongst over 75,000 Nigerians, including government officials.
More than 20 global universities have changed their language policies and removed IELTS requirements for Nigerian seeking to study in their institutions as a result of the campaign.