The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has recognised 49 Nigerian employees of Chinese companies operating in Nigeria, for their outstanding performance and contributions to strengthening diplomatic ties between both countries.
The Charge d’Affaire of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Zhao Yong, presented N100,000 cash awards to each of the 49 beneficiaries yesterday in Abuja.
The Chinese envoy, Zhao pointed out that the award ceremony was organised to commemorate both countries’ independence anniversary on the 1st of October and also to mark 49 years of friendship and bilateral relations between both countries.
He applauded the employees whose invaluable contributions, he said had led to Nigeria’s development, especially in the area of infrastructure.
According to him, China and Nigeria have a long history of great friendship and solidarity, both of which have grown immensely through the years. He said that such friendship and solidarity would continue to grow stronger.
Zhao said both countries also gave each other invaluable support at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
“As October 1st is fast approaching our joy is shared and happiness doubled be it in Nigeria or in China. For October 1st is our joint holiday, and the coming October 1st marks the 60th anniversary of the independence of Nigeria as well as the 71st anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China,” he said.
He further stressed that as both countries mark October 1st together, it constitutes a unique bond between both China and Nigeria.
In commemoration of the 49 Nigerians who are staff in Chinese companies in Nigeria, he expressed delight stating, “I wish to take this opportunity to thank Nigerian employees in local Chinese companies for your contributions to the beneficial bilateral cooperation.
“With joint efforts, tangible results have been made in many areas, especially in the area of infrastructure.
“Next February will mark the 50th anniversary of China-Nigeria diplomatic relations.
“Let us work together to uplift China-Nigeria relations to new heights for the benefits of two peoples and countries,” the Charge d’Affaire noted.
He equally stated that China would continue to assist Nigeria in its fight against COVID-19.
“2020 is definitely a year hard to forget in world history. COVID-19 which broke out at the beginning of this year, has become the most serious public health crisis since WWII. At this trying time China and Nigeria have stood together and fought together since the very beginning,” he said.
The envoy further indicated that during the period, the Chinese government donated two large batches of medical supplies to Nigeria as aid.
According to him, the third batch, which has already arrived the country will be delivered soon.
The Charge d’Affaire also noted that the local Chinese community was offering a helping hand with the donation of masks and medical gloves, among other supplies.