As part of Nigeria’s commitment to sustaining bilateral relations with the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to establish Faculties of Chinese Language in Nigerian colleges.
Sen. George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made the remarks after meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, in Abuja.
According to a release from the SGF Office, Akume stated that Nigeria has strong bilateral links with China in areas such as infrastructure, trade, and agriculture.
As a result, he asked for their help in investing more in Nigeria so that the current administration could carry out its Renewed Hope Agenda.
“We want to thank your country for the massive investment in infrastructure in this country,” Akume stated. Nigeria received soft loans from your country and wisely invested in rail and road transportation. The distinctions are becoming evident, and we anticipate further investments, which I assume is why you are here with your businesspeople.
“Any assistance you give us, we will step up because the current government wants to do a lot.” We will need your assistance from time to time.
“We appreciate your providing scholarships to our students studying at various universities in the People’s Republic of China, some of whom have graduated.” We would like to request that you increase the number of scholarships available to us. You will not be sorry; before you realize it, many Nigerians will be speaking your language. “We look forward to the day when we will also establish faculties in Nigerian universities where students will be taught Chinese,” he continued.
The SGF pledged that cultural collaboration between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China will be maintained through cultural exchange. This, he believes, will serve to strengthen the friendship between the two countries.
Earlier, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, assured Nigeria of the commitment of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to support President Bola Tinubu’s administration with workable development strategies that would turn around the nation’s fortunes.
According to him, the documents contain developmental strategies that serve as a blueprint for the country’s progress. He highlighted that the initiatives would encompass infrastructure, ICT, industrialization, investment, security, technology, and agriculture, among other things.
He reaffirmed his willingness and commitment to cooperate with the current administration to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.