The Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Mrs. Paula Risikko received a delegation from Lagos State House Assembly, at the Parliament of Finland in Helsinki on 28 February. The delegation was led by Rt. Honourable Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker of Lagos State House Assembly. Parliamentarians from Lagos are currently on a week-long study visit to Finland, learning about the Finnish education system.
Mrs. Risikko, who mentioned to the delegation that she was actually a teacher herself before her political career, emphasized that “well educated teachers are the basis of a good quality education system”. She also noted that contacts between the two countries in recent times had become more frequent, especially at Ministerial level, and that she hoped that the same would happen between Parliaments as well.
Members of the Nigerian delegation told the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament that they were on a mission to develop the education system in Lagos. Therefore they wanted to learn from the successes of Finland in creating one of the best education systems in the world.