FG urged to ignore call to close Turkish schools

July 30 10:20 2016

The Managing Director of Nigerian Turkish International
Colleges, Orhan Kertim, has urged the Nigerian government  to
disregard the request by Turkey’s Ambassador to
Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, to close down the schools.
This is contained in a statement he gave to the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Friday.
He said the call contained misleading information and
would not have dignified it with a response.

According to Kertim, the schools have been operating
in Nigeria since 1998 and as law-abiding schools they
owe Nigerians a duty to expose the ulterior motives of
the ambassador.
“The NTIC is not a Turkish government- run institution,
but a privately funded institution by a group of Turkish
“As a responsible organization operating in Nigeria
since 1998, we are conversant with the laws of the
land’’, he added
 Kertim, however, said the call by Cakil “is not only
baseless, but also unfounded and of poor taste.

The government of Turkey through Cakil had on
Thursday alerted the Nigerian government on the
existence of the schools “owned by suspected
The ambassador called on Nigeria to shut down the
schools just as the Turkish government did in Turkey.
Kertim, therefore, urged the public to ignore and
disregard the statement by the Turkish ambassador.
“ Our schools are fully functional and will continue to
be’’, he stressed.