*Seek More of Cooperation With Africa, Nigeria
The Ambassador of China to Nigeria Zhou Pingjian, Tuesday presented N100, 000 scholarship award to 47 indigenes of Edo state students studying Universities in the states.
The envoy said the scholarship presentation was a clear demonstration of the Chinese government in fostering mutual cooperation between Nigeria and China in order to build communities of share future.
Pingjian, however, commended the rise in areas of cooperation between countries of Africa and China, since the establishment of diplomatic ties in over 50 years ago.
The envoy while addressing the student since the establishment of bilateral relationship the two countries have achieved remarkable progress which he said was clearly demonstrated during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2016
He said during the visit of President Buhari, President Xi Jinping reached consensus to deepen China-Nigeria strategic partnership across board adding that the relationship entered herald a new stage of raid development.
He said presently, Nigeria’s trade with China, accounts for 20 percent of her foreign trade.
According to him, “Nigeria and China enjoys a lot of similarities and i couldn’t agree more when people say Nigeria and China share similarities you can imagine how great it will be if we work more together and take advantage of the population we both have as a country.
“China diplomatic ties with Nigeria are that of brotherliness especially since the establishment of ties between the two countries in 1971.
“Again, China diplomatic ties with Africa countries have seen a steady rise, also since the setting up of Forum on China-Africa Coorperation (FOCAC), in 2000.
“In 2000, China trade with Africa was only $10 billion, but today, it is 17 times larger than that figure; similarly, China investment in Africa was only $500 million, but today, it is more than $10 billion investment.
“FOCAC has become a model in South South Cooperation; we can build a better future and make the difference through a win-win Cooperation.”
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor, of the University of Benin, Prof Faraday Orumwense, represented by the deputy Vice chancellor, (administration), Prof Jacob Ehiorobo, expressed gratitude to the Chinese envoy and urged the awardees to make maximum benefit of the scholarship.
The beneficiaries were drawn from the University of Benin, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and Edo University, Iyahmo.
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