China to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Gu Xiaojie, says China will strengthen its cooperation with Nigeria in order to boost infrastructural development and industrialisation in the country.

Xiaojie stated this in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

“China will strengthen its international cooperation on production capacity and equipment manufacturing, and assist developing countries like Nigeria in promoting infrastructure, construction and industrialisation.

“Now that Nigeria is diversifying its economy, we are thinking about investing in agriculture, mining and infrastructure; these are areas of cooperation for China and Nigeria.

“This will for sure provide powerful impetus to China-Nigeria economic and trade cooperation for mutual benefits,’’ he said.

According to him, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria.

Mutual Benefits

Responding, the minster commended the envoy for his efforts to sustain China-Nigeria relationship for mutual benefits to both countries.

Onu assured the envoy that Nigeria would honour all agreements reached with the Chinese Ministry of Technology and the Chinese Government.

“ When I recently visited China, the relationship I suggested there is government to government.

“Nigeria wants to work very closely with China in the area of science and technology, because China has done so well in the past three decades, “ he said.