Nigeria profile


144.7 million[1]

Average life expectancy:

46.8 years (WB, 2006). UK: 78 years[2]

Average per capita income:

US$843[3] UK: US$33,800[4]

Percentage of people with access to safe, clean water:


Percentage of children receiving primary school education:

60-80% (estimate)[6]

Information taken from DFID website. [1] World Bank (WB), 2006, [2] UN Statistics Division (UNSD), 2007, [3] International Monetary Fund (IMF), 2006, [4] Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) (World Development Indicators (WDI), 2007, [5] UNICEF, 2004, [6] UNESCO/EFA, 2008.


The Nigerian and UK Governments are working together to give all children a better quality of basic educationthrough the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN).

ESSPIN is one of a set of DFID-funded State Level Programmes (SLPs), working in governance, accountability and the delivery of health and education services. DFID-ESSPIN supports federal and state authorities as they work both to reform the governance of education and to improve the quality of education that children receive

What is ESSPIN?

ESSPIN is a partnership between the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Nigerian Government. The eight and a half-year programme (2008 – 2017) supports federal and state governments – Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara and Lagos – to develop effective planning, financing and delivery systems that will improve the quality of schools, teaching and learning.

By 2017, ESSPIN will have had a significant impact on 11,308 public and non-government schools and approximately 4.7m learners.