UK-based Nigerian Community Association Bradford (NCAB) has called on the UK to exempt Nigerians from International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

 According to The Nation, the President of the association, Mr Adewale Bakare, made the call in a statement made available on Friday in Abuja. The association is based in Bradford, a municipal metropolitan Borough, West Yorkshire, England.

Bakare, who made the call during the association’s Nigeria Community Immigration Conference in Bradford recently, appealed to the Nigerian High Commission (NHC) in the UK to intervene so Nigerian citizens could be exempted. He urged the British government to do away with the requirement of passing English language for doctors, nurses and other migrants who want to enter UK.

He said, “Nigeria being a Commonwealth country where English language is widely spoken as lingua franca, we strongly believe should be exempted from the English language test requirements. We hereby make representation to the Nigerian High Commissioner, on behalf of many Nigerians living in the UK and pray you to apply to the UK Immigration Authority for the exemption of English language requirements accordingly.

The association prayed the High Commission to closely look into ways the British government would assist affected Nigerian immigrants.

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