Lagos, China Laud China-Nigeria Ties – Independent Newspapers Limited
Lagos – Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State has commended the cordial relationship existing between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China, which, according to him, is responsible for the mutual coexistence between the two countries.
Speaking at an event to mark the 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year in Lagos, at the weekend, Prof. Ademola Abass, who represented the Governor, congratulated the Chinese for witnessing another year.
While commending China for its continued development nationally and internationally, and for being the second largest economy in the world, the governor expressed delight at the various collaborations, over the years, between the two countries. He also commended the Chinese for choosing Lagos as second home.
Assuring that Lagos is committed to providing security and conducive environment to Chinese investors and others resident in the state, the governor vowed to strengthen the state’s relationship with security agencies and to beef up security in the state.
Consul-General of China in Nigeria, Chao Xiaoliang, while also lauding the ties between the countries, said: “The year 2017 also witnessed a fruitful year of China-Nigerian friendship. The cooperation between the two countries is flourishing, especially in the fields of politics, trade, infrastructure development, IT, agriculture and culture.”
Xiaoliang, said that last year Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, visited Nigeria and was warmly received by President Muhammadu Buhari. He added: “A large number of cooperative projects are vigorously promoted by both sides, such as Mambilla Power Project, Lekki Deep Seaport, Lagos-Calabar coastal railway line, among others.
“The bilateral trade reached $13.78 billion with 30 per cent year-on-year growth. People-to-people exchanges and cultural exchange programmes are growing rapidly. These achievements cannot be made without the efforts of our Nigerian friends, the Chinese community and enterprises in Nigeria.”
Xiaoliang noted that the China-African Cooperation Forum would hold this year in China.
“I’m confident that China-Nigeria relation will embrace greater opportunities,” said he, urging the people, to “seize the opportunities, deepen cooperation in all fields, and enhance the China-Nigeria strategic partnership.”
Mudashiru Obasa, Lagos House of Assembly speaker, who was represented by a member of the House, Tunde Braimoh, at the event, felicitated with the Chinese community for seeing a new year.
“We are delighted with keen interest on various cooperations and collaborations that have existed over the years between Nigeria and The People’s Republic of China.
“We also look forward to the opportunities embedded in the promises made for a more global cooperation between the two countries this year. It is a very credible alternative to our allies in the West,” he added.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has commended the ties between the two countries.
While encouraging Nigeria to remain “united with the world, particularly with China, as in unity lies our strength”, Fayose noted that Nigerians attempt to avail themselves of every opportunity presented to them.
Governor Fayose urged the two countries to encourage the existing mutual ties and build further on them, “to make mutual benefits out of the relationship.”
Assuring the Chinese that Nigerians are solidly behind them, Fayose also assured them that their businesses in Nigeria were secure.
He stated Ekiti’s willingness to collaborate with China in the area of export.