Mr Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, says investing in the education sector of Nigeria is a priority of the Chinese government.
This he said was to foster Nigeria’s development.
Cui made this known on Friday at the commissioning of the upgraded Chinese Center of the Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki, Abuja.
Represented by Mr Zhang Yi, Deputy Head of Mission of the Chinese Embassy, Cui said that the Chinese government was keen on investing in education as it was the bedrock for a functional society.
“First of all we want to help improve education here in Nigeria.
it is based on our national experience.
“Because years ago, when China was still a poverty-stricken country, we invested into education because we know that the children need good education as the future of the country.
“And, we believe that education can make our country stronger, well safe.
So that is why we thought that we could do something even though it is very humble for the people, and to the children of Nigeria,” he said.
He noted that Nigerian government also paid greater attention to education, adding that China and Nigeria had been doing so wonderfully in their relationship.
“We believe that at least we can be of some help to the government, to the people and to the children.
“That is why my government since 2012 has been doing something for education in Nigeria.
this is one of our agenda and it is our priority.
“We are looking forward to providing further assistance to our children here to enhance the cooperation between our two governments,” Cui said.
Cui further said that establishing Chinese Centers across schools in Nigeria was also geared towards strengthening the people to people’s relations between both countries, which he stressed was important to strengthen ties between both countries.
“We have Chinese corners and cultural centers in Abuja and other cities.
In these centers we can make the children know the culture of China.
“What the history is, what the people think and what the people do in China because People to People communication is very vital because the people are the messengers of the friendship of our two countries.
“A lot of Nigerians are in China in the entertainment field, a lot of them are doing raps in Chinese language and that is why we hope that we have more culture representation here “So that the children can know more about our culture and we will also know the culture of Nigeria and I hope we can do more,” he said.
Mr Alhassan Sule, Chairman, FCT Universal Basic Education Board appreciated the Chinese government for its investment in the FCT education sector over the years.
Sule who harped on the importance of education to the development of Nigeria and the Children also appealed for more assistance from the Chinese government to FCT schools.
“This initiative is candid.
Education is the only weapon that guarantees a child’s future and a safer tomorrow and education cannot do without culture.
“And with this, it gives a clear understanding of people’s working, of people’s activities, understanding and it builds mutual relationships among societies.
“FCT to be specific is the center of the nation today and by its position attracts people from all over the country.
“This attraction is overstretching our existing facilities, especially infrastructure, our classrooms, to mention but a few and if we say we are going to rely on government to do it alone, education for all is everybody’s responsibility.
“Education is something that cannot be jeopardised because it is the future of the nation and foundation for development.
“That is why we are saying, they have been doing it but we are looking for more.
We have one of the best schools in the FCT today and that is the Chinese Primary School,” Sule said.
Mr Wan Lianyu, representative of the Eighteenth Engineering Company (EEC) said that over the company’s ten years of existence in Nigeria it has constructed so many infrastructure and facilities, with that of the education sector not left out.
“Our EEC company came into Nigeria ten years ago.
Built railways, more than 5,000 kilometers roadworks, promote economic and social development.
“This China Center is a bridge that connects Nigeria and China culture,” Wan said.
Mr Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria says his country has no intention of taking over Nigeria’s critical assets as repayment for loan in the event of default.
Jianchun made this known during the visit of the Chinese Special Representative on African Affairs, Liu Yuxi to Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit of the Chinese Special Representative to Africa is geared at strengthening the already strong bilateral relations between Nigeria and China.
He expressed the willingness of China to work with Nigeria for the benefit of both countries.
Jianchun said that China and Nigeria are working on the bases of mutual trust and that his country has no intention whatsoever to take over Nigeria’s assets in a situation where Nigeria failed in the repayment of the loan it took from China.
He added that it is not part of the agreement reached between the two countries as insinuated in some quarters.
Yuxi while expressing the Chinese government’s full commitment to improved bilateral relationships with Nigeria, appreciated Nigeria for upholding the One China Policy.
He said China just like Nigeria will continue to support the policy of Non-interference at the International level.
The Special Envoy stressed the need for China and Nigeria to strengthen their collaboration, especially in the area of Climate Change as he pledged his country’s zeal to continue to support Nigeria in the fight against terrorism through military cooperation.
Yuxi said with the successes recorded in the fight against Covid 19, China will now strengthen its exchange programmes with Nigeria for more knowledge sharing.
Dada, in his remarks, said Nigeria cherishes the relationship that exists between the two countries which he pointed out has improved tremendously over time.
He said the commitments so far shown by the Chinese government in assisting Nigeria to address the challenges of decaying infrastructure and building new ones have clearly demonstrated the level of friendship between the two countries.
The Minister said that the Chinese Government’s support in the areas of Railway and Energy infrastructure such as the Zungeru Hydro Electric Power Project and the AKK Gas Pipeline are a few examples of the commitments of China to Nigeria’s development.
Dada said that China indeed remained the friend in need to Nigeria and the entire African continent.
He also recalled his participation at the FOCAC Meeting in Senegal where China earmarked 15 projects for Nigeria, calling on China to expedite action on these earmarked projects for the benefit of all Nigerians.
The minister, therefore, pledged Nigeria’s resolve to the One China Policy and also thanked the Chinese government for all the support Nigeria received from China at the International level, promising Nigeria’s reciprocal support to China as and when due.
Dada used the occasion to call for more investments into Nigeria by the Chinese investors as Nigeria according to him is thirsty for more investments.
Mr Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria said the Embassy is committed to strengthening Nigeria-China relations.
Jianchun spoke on Wednesday in Abuja at the award ceremony for winners of the Nigeria-China Symphony and Harmony Essay competition organised by the Embassy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 17 Nigerian youths who participated in the essay competition were awarded cash prizes.
Jianchun said the competition was organised to raise their consciousness on the Nigerian-China relations.
He said, ”it was also aimed at realising the importance of how to build symphony and harmony to strengthen such relations.
“In every nation and every country, we have to learn how we can build a harmonious society,to learn how the people can live in harmony; this is not only our dream but our aspiration.
“Nigeria and China have established diplomatic ties since 1971, I want to assure you that we have done a lot but we still have more to be done.
” Jianchun stated that through activities, both countries can work together to do big things to make a difference.
“Last week, I had the opportunity to visit different states, I really benefited a lot.
”I found out that we have created great symphony, airport symphony, deep water symphony and I think that is very important for Nigeria.
“The essay competition is very important to teach about how the young people can really understand the harmony and how the two countries can inspire young people to work together.
“From the citizens, family, society, culture, and most importantly from the state and governance.
“So, I think young people are not only the hope of the country, but the builders of this country,” the envoy said.
Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), commended the essay writing initiative, saying that it will strengthen the bilateral relations beyond diplomatic levels.
Runsewe said that the essay competition was not just reading and writing for the youths but a concept of understanding the bilateral relations between China and Nigeria.
“It is a great opportunity to expose our youths, develop them and give them a platform to understand better the relationship of harmony between Nigeria and China.
“For me, today is a statement of honour to say that they are looking up to our youths, not only relationship between Nigeria and China at the highest level, but this time they are looking at the youths.
“So, this harmony is a key word and a stabilising factor which has a space among all of us in terms of of co-existence, peaceful relationship, among us as a people.
“So, today, the Chinese people have been able to help, encourage our youths by opening a new channel.
”This is for them to appreciate that irrespective of the relationship between Nigeria and China, the harmony content of it is very spectacular,” he said.
On consolidating the Chinese efforts in Nigeria, Runsewe said that the council will host the International Arts and Craft Festival, where the Chinese and other Embassies will participate to showcase their cultures.
The Publisher of the Diplomat Nigeria, Mr Raphael Oni, said that there was no better way to explain the concept of creating harmony between countries and sectors than such initiative.
“I am happy because as a journalist, I took my time to dig into some of my experiences in China.
“China has so much built Nigeria in terms of the media, they have done a lot in terms of infrastructure.
“And even during COVID-19, we had lost count of how many places the Chinese government made donations.
So, I put all these together in my write ups.
“With the issue of symphony, there is harmonization,” Oni said.
NAN reports that Oni won the grand prize of N150,000, while two other contestants won N100,000 each as first runners up.
Five contestants won N50,000 each in the second position, with nine contestants winning N20,000 each in the third position.
Mr Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, says China is keen on exploring viable areas of partnerships with Nigeria, with interest in nuclear energy.
Cui made this known on Monday in Lokoja when he was received by Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi at the Government House, noting that the Kogi is a key state of interest for the partnership.
He said that his key interest as Ambassador was to facilitate China’s investment and also utilise China’s technology for the benefit of Nigeria and certain states like Kogi. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Cui was accompanied by a delegation from the China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC).
Cui said he was hopeful that the meeting would birth a historical moment, where the CNNC would be able to establish one of its two Proposed Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) in the state.
He said that the establishment of a nuclear energy plant would further attract investment to the state, improve its infrastructure, tax revenue, job creation and attract vast social economic developments.
“China is a leading reference in areas of modern infrastructures amongst the international community.
“Although Nigeria and China have enjoyed good relationship and have achieved a lot, and states like Kogi could also benefit from China’s vested interest.
“In the areas of modern infrastructure, Information Communication Technology, industry, investments and opportunities.
“I am also hopeful that China, which is the world’s largest consumption market, could in the nearest future have a policy where Nigeria, particularly states like Kogi, could export more products into the Chinese market,” Cui said.
He said that the Embassy would also work towards establishing a department of Nuclear Energy at the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, and other institutions in the state.
This, the envoy noted, will be part of the Embassy’s plans to nurture local breed in the field.
Cui also urged the Kogi government to, in a similar vein, encourage and facilitate some of its young engineering talents for exchange programmes in the country.
AU wants domestication of Juncao Technology in Nigerian varsities Technology By Ginika Okon Abuja, July 19, 2022 The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) has called on the government of China to partner with the Nigerian government to domesticate Juncao Technology in the country’s universities of agriculture.
Princess Gloria Akobundu, the Chief Executive Officer of AUDA-NEPAD, Nigeria, said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a three-day workshop on application of Juncao Technology and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Juncao Technology is an environmental friendly system that capacitates smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs to grow mushrooms from dried, chopped grasses, without cutting down trees and damaging the environment.
The technology could also be used for producing cattle feed, methane gas and minimise soil erosion to combat desertification.
She said the technology when domesticated would create direct and indirect jobs, promote agro business, ensure sustainability and enhance nutrition.
According to Akobundu, other benefits of the technology would add value to the economy and grow the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
”It is no longer news that COVID-19 has significantly worsened the economy and food security situation of many homes, especially poorer households.
”This workshop, therefore, could not have come at a better time than now to address the challenges of food insecurity and malnutrition.
”We can move closer to the goal of attaining Zero Hunger (Sustainable Development Goals 2) if we explore new options like the Juncao technology.
”The technology will contribute greatly to the achievement of UN agenda 2030 and AU Agenda 2063.
”It will also help to ensure that smallholder farmers, rural women and youth have sustainable livelihoods and decent employment for poverty eradication and food sufficiency,” she said.
Dr Mahmood Abubakar, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the technology revolved around fodder production, land reclamation and mushroom production which were essential components of climate change mitigation.
Abubakar, represented by Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar, an official of the ministry, said the ministry was looking forward to potential leverages that the technology would provide.
”Mushroom farming is one of the many farming businesses in Nigeria that promises huge money prospect but yet to gain ground.
”Available information reveals that the gap between demand and production per year is about 900 tonnes.
”Expectedly, this capacity workshop on will stimulate more interest that can escalate the production of mushroom to meet local demand and for export,” he said.
Abba Ali, the Chairman, Governing Board of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), said the technology was a welcome development due to the importance of agriculture.
In his contribution, Mr Matthia Schmale, UN Resident Coordinator, Nigeria, expressed gratitude to the coordinator and the ministry of agriculture for embracing the first phase of the technology in 2019.
According to him, the technology is not new in Nigeria, the first Juncao site was established in Abador in Bauchi State with the objectives of combating desertification and addressing the effects of climate change.
“In order to address the negative effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the , in collaboration with continental body, initiated the innovative projects on strengthening the smallholder farmers’ capabilities.
” This is to ameliorate the effects of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“We were excited to receive the letter of interest from the coordinator of of Nigeria early this year to be part of the second phase of this project, we are therefore excited to help Nigeria as the pilot country during this second phase, ” he said.
In his comments, the People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jianchun, expressed his country’s readiness to partner with Nigeria to develop research on economic affairs with the aim of up scaling agricultural production technologically.
“We are working on developing research on economic affairs.
“So I do believe that Nigerian team is leading the international community to develop for the people economically, socially.
“And today is a very good example for your students in technology and I know that Nigeria has set a very different example in the whole Africa, ” Jianchun said.
Ahead of the 2023 General Elections, Mr Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China has urged Nigerian political parties to stand united and build strong leadership to foster development.
Cui made the call on Wednesday in Abuja during a symposium orgnaised by the Embassy in collaboration with the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) themed “Building China-Nigeria Parties Consonance and Performing Nigeria-China Symphony”.
He said that the symposium which brought together Nigeria’s political parties is aimed at sharing the experience of China’s ruling party Communist Party of China (CPC) and its collaborations with other parties in the country.
Cui said that the leadership and unity of political parties have a great role to play in nation building, hence the need to create a fora for Nigeria political parties to dialogue and work together.
“The first thing is about leadership, how can you lead the people, guide the people and get the support of the people. Chinese People support the Chinese government, the CPC.
“The second is about putting the people first. This is not only about the rhetoric, we have to let the people know what we have done.
“Political parties should be independent and not dominated by other power.
“Today is a very big example, all parties, the big parties, small parties, we are equal here. I am very proud that parties can sit down even if there is competition. But today it is cooperation.
“Like China, I presented other parties, it is because of them the CPC got power so everybody should have a say, everybody should have a role to play,” Cui said.
Speaking, Mr Mohammed Nalado, National Chairman, Accord Party lauded China for bringing Nigerian political parties together to chart a course towards Nigeria’s development, adding that a lot have been learnt from the symposium.
Nalado said that one key lesson from the success of the CPC is how well they have collaborated with other smaller political parties of China just to work for the nation’s and citizen’s prosperity.
He said that the winner takes it all syndrome is one of the major downturns of Nigerian political system which has impeded the nation’s development.
“We have learnt a lot from the Chinese today and we have seen the difference between the system of politics between Nigeria and China.
“The political parties are supposed to come together. like I said earlier, I was a two-term Chairman of IPAC and we have tried so many times to bring political parties together
“We are working for progress, development of this country, Nigeria.
“So whichever political party is in power should work together with other political parties that are not in government so that they can synergies and do things, share ideas and see how they can move Nigeria forward.
“It is winner takes all that is the problem of Nigeria. whichever parties that win wants to take everything.
“If whichever political party that wins will be sharing ideas with others that is the best way that Nigeria can make progress,” Naldo said.
In her contribution, Dr Beta Edu, National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress, also commended the People’s Republic of China for the initiative which will help strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and nation building.
Edu however, called on the Chinese Ambassador to include advancing the course of women into his Five strategic plans he has proposed to foster the Nigerian-China relations.
“I am moved by the Chinese government to create the Nigeria- China Symphony. It is one that will help in experience sharing, it is one that will help strengthen the bond between both countries.
“Today we are looking at the Communist Party of China which basically has existed for over a hundred years and has contributed immensely to building the economy of China, to making China the fastest developing country in the world.
“In China we have seen several governors that are female, this is a call for Nigeria to immediately imbibe that and support that to support women to emerge as governors, senators, and in other political positions.
“As we approach the 2023 General Elections, political parties should be more deliberate in ensuring women emerge. If we must make speed, women must be given their rightful place.
“Your Excellency, I want to seek this opportunity, we have seen the 5 plans listed and we want to put the sixth one on your agenda.
“And that number six would be the women empowerment in deepening democracy and development because we want you to be specific in developing women,” Edu said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ministerial Level Official of the International Department of the People’s republic of China and Central Committee of the CPC also joined the symposium virtually. (
By Ifeanyi Nwoko
The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria on Friday awarded 50 Nigerians its new Sino-Nigerian Friendship Awards launched on October 1 in recognition of their contribution to advancing Nigeria-China relations.
The awards were presented to teachers, journalists, government officials, among others, as part of efforts to encourage young Nigerians to help promote the principles of friendship between the two countries.
Topping the list of laureates are the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Ms. Ifeoma Anyanwutaku; The Chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Council (SUBEB), Dr Yahaya Mohammed, and the Head of Liaison and Protocol at the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr Lawal Sale.Head of Liaison and Protocol at the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr. Lawal Sale (M) receiving his award from the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Cui Jianchun (L) and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Ms. Ifeoma Anyanwutaku (D)
Speaking at the award ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun said 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Nigeria and China.
He said the choice of 50 recipients as well as the title of the awards were inspired given the five-decade relationship as well as the two countries' celebration of independence on October 1.
“Over the past 50 years, the mutual political trust between China and Nigeria has grown tremendously, and the traditional friendship has greatly improved.
“Substantial progress in our win-win cooperation has been made, trade, cultural and educational exchanges have been further encouraged.
"We are very happy to see that we have achieved tremendous achievements in all areas which have greatly benefited our two peoples," he said.
The envoy said the awards were part of the winnings that the recipients would benefit from for their hard work and hard work.
He added that in tasting the sweet fruits of mutually beneficial cooperation, those who have worked to make it successful should not be forgotten.
"For this reason, the Chinese Embassy has specially set up the" Sino-Nigerian Friendship October 1 Award "to recognize these outstanding Nigerians for their excellent performance and contributions to strengthening diplomatic relations between the two countries. .
“After reading the list of 50 winners, I am very happy to see that some are senior Nigerian officials who played a very important role and ensured that the Sino-Nigerian cooperative ship sails safely.
He said he was convinced that in the future Nigeria and China would chart a better plan over the next 50 years.
For her part, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Ms. Adora Anyanwutaku, said the ceremony is a clear indication that relations between the two countries are on the rise.
Anyanwutaku said the past 50 years have been years of mutual respect and reciprocal exchange in socio-cultural, political and economic spheres.
She said she was thrilled to be one of the award recipients, adding that the recognition would inspire her to do more.
"It is indeed a prize that I will always cherish so dearly.
"However, I will continue, within the framework of the cultural cooperation agreement between our two countries, to advance the borders of the flourishing Sino-Nigerian friendship," she said.
For FCT SUBEB President Mr. Yahaya, who is also a recipient, he thanked the Chinese Embassy for the award, pledging to continue working harder to move the relationship forward.
reports that participants were treated to entertaining interludes, including musical performances, vocal performances, plays, cultural dances, among others.
By Franca Ofili
The Chinese government on Friday donated 470,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Nigeria.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. CUI Jianchun, made the donation to the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja.
Jianchun said the gesture was a result of the good relations between Nigeria and China.
He noted that efforts to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic required the collaboration of all countries.
The ambassador, however, cautioned against politicizing issues related to COVID-19 or blaming China for the outbreak.
Jianchun said there should be a collaborative effort to eliminate the disease.
“Nigeria is a very important country for China because of its population and size.
“COVID-19 is a health problem. We need cooperation. We need unity to overcome COVID-19, ”Jianchun said.
He added that China would support Nigeria in the production of vaccines in the long term.
While responding, Ehanire praised the Chinese government for the gesture, adding that the donation was timely.
The minister said Nigeria stopped vaccination on July 8 due to lack of vaccines, but that with the donation, vaccination of citizens would resume in earnest.
Ehanire called for collaborations and information exchange on ways to eliminate COVID-19. (NOPE)
By Lizzy Okoji
Mr. Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Nigeria, said his country's loans to Nigeria are mutually beneficial.
Jianchun spoke on Thursday, while answering questions about the benefits of Chinese loans to Nigeria, at a seminar entitled "Learning from the history of the Chinese Communist Party and creating a better future", held at Abuja University.
The envoy explained that it was because Nigeria and China had a history of good friendship and bilateral relations.
He regretted, however, that some superpowers paint a bad picture of China's intentions.
According to him however, it makes sense that when you lend money to a friend or business partner, you also think about how to get the value of the money back.
“Some politicians have tried to use the mentality of the new colonial system to say that, okay, if I lend you money, if you can't pay me back, you will lose your sovereignty.
“But I want to let you know that the logic is that first, China likes to do something for Nigeria, not only to help, but it is also beneficial for both countries.
“For example, the Chinese side can work with Nigeria for the station because now money is a big constraint, just like in 1978, we had no money.
“I had a lot of experience at the time. In China, we didn't have money, we didn't have technology, and we didn't know how to run the economy.
“But I believe that now, in this critical time, we need money to develop this country. We cannot wait five years, ten years later.
“Sometimes when we were planting trees for the next generation, some people would say that we were borrowing money to let the next generation bear the burden.
“Now that's not true. Every country has to do something for the next generation, otherwise the country cannot move forward, ”Juanchun said.
He said that when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was founded, it only had a little over 50 members.
He said, however, that things had changed as the ruling party now had over 95 million members in a country of over 1.4 billion people, making it the largest ruling party in the world, with enormous international influence.
“To be frank, by learning from history, we can understand why powers go up and down. Through the mirror of history, we can find where we are now and anticipate the future.
“In fact, if we take a look back at CPC's 100 year history, we can see why we have been successful in the past and how we can continue to be successful in the future.
“This will ensure that we act with more determination and determination to stay true to our founding mission and pursue a brighter future on the new journey that awaits us,” Jianchun said.
Professor Sheriff Ibrahim, director of the Institute for Legislative Studies at the University of Abuja, said the development of the Chinese Communist Party was something to celebrate.
According to Ibrahim, the successes are worth celebrating because the CCP has proven to be a nation builder; help China become the second largest economy.
Don said that with China's success, the CCP has every reason to globally celebrate its 100th anniversary and be the head of business in China.
He said that this achievement is what gave the center the idea to organize the event so that it could discuss and learn from the Chinese experience.
Dr Momoh Kabir, former acting director general of the National Hotel and Tourism Institute (NIHOTOUR), said that while Nigeria's situation may be different from that of China, there were, however, lessons. useful to learn from the Chinese experience.
“Not just Nigeria as a country, but even our African sister countries and the world in general.
“We are a democracy and we are a growing country. And if there are some things we can take from other countries, especially like China, it will be worth it, ”Momoh said. (NAA)
By Ifeanyi Nwoko
Chinese Ambassador-designate to Nigeria Cui Jianchun said that under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) currently led by Xi Jinping, China has been very developed.
Nigeria's news agency reports that Jianchun was speaking in Abuja on Thursday on the 100th anniversary of the party's existence.
The envoy said the party not only improved China, but contributed immensely to the development of the world.
Giving an overview of the party's history, he said that the CCP, which started with just 57 members, now has over 90 million members, making it the largest political party in the world.
He said that although the party was formed in 1921, it took about 28 years of struggle to gain power in 1949, when it began the central development of the nation.
The Ambassador-designate stressed that the party has paved the way in the field of industrial development, poverty reduction, economic growth and development as well as infrastructure development.
“The CCP was created with only 57 members in 1921, at a time when China experienced lasting impoverishment, a long-standing debility.
“After 28 years of revolution and against the local warlords, foreign invaders and the Kuomi government, this led the Chinese people to independence from imperialism and finally established the People's Republic.
“In terms of infrastructure, China's high-speed rail lines have covered 37,900 kilometers by the end of 2020, making China a country with the longest tracks for high-speed trains.
"On poverty reduction, Chinese President Xi Jinping said earlier this year that 98.99 million poor rural residents living below the current poverty line have all been lifted out of poverty," he said. -he declares.
He noted that around 80% of the Chinese population was illiterate in 1949 but that the situation had improved.
“Fast forward to today and the net enrollment rate of children in primary school is 99.95%, while the gross enrollment rate in lower secondary education is over 100%.
“In 2018, there were more than 210,000 compulsory education schools in China, serving nearly 150 million students.
“All of these achievements must be attributed to the stubborn struggles led by the CCP and the Chinese people,” he said.
He said the country has also built the largest social security system in the world, with nearly a billion people covered by the basic pension system, with a life expectancy of 77 years compared to 35 years in 1949.
“Economically, China is now the world's second-largest economy, with a GDP of around $ 15.42 billion and a GDP per capita above $ 10,000 in 2020,” he said.
He added that China's development has affected the world as well, as China is a major export center for many countries around the world.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the Ambassador-designate has yet to submit his letter of credentials to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In her goodwill message, Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture, highlighted the long-standing bilateral relations between Nigeria and China which she said were flourishing.
She said that over the past 50 years, relations between Nigeria and China have gradually developed, adding that the signing of the Cultural and Educational Cooperation Agreement in March 1990 was important.
“The flourishing relationship was also crowned with high-level reciprocal visits by political office holders and administrative level experts at various times.
"Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the People's Republic of China as we remember its giant leaps in all fields of human endeavor and note the enormous prosperity, well-being and development of the human capital of its citizens and allies around the world.
“These successes could not have been achieved without the excellence and instrumentality of the Chinese Communist Party.
“This seminar on the new CPC plan and the new China-Nigerian journey certainly provides a platform to take stock and celebrate the lasting relationship of our two countries,” she said.
On behalf of the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, she welcomed the new Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Nigeria, HE Mr. Cui Jianchun. (NOPE)(NAN)