Nigeria, China to strengthen ties

Solomon Chung, Abuja

Ahead of the upcoming 1st world development conference on tourism, organised by the World Tourism Organisation, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the country would explore the opportunity to seek and build more robust relationship in the area of tourism.

The Minister made this known when the outgoing Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Mr Gu Xiaojie paid him a farewell visit in his office in Abuja .

The Minister appreciated the contribution of the outgoing Ambassador in the area of mutual relation building between China and Nigeria.

“You have achieved a lot in Nigeria, you have strengthen our relationship and project the image of your country positively here, thus whenever there are issues about China, you see our people making frantic effort to handle.”

In his remark, the Ambassador, Mr. Gu Xianzie extolled the growing democratic credentials of Nigeria, citing examples with the 2015 general elections as well as the anticorruption fight, revamping of the economy as well as the fight against insecurity in the land.

He said the two countries have so much in common and it would be mutually beneficial for the two to partner and enhance those areas of relationships.

“I am proud of the democratic achievements of Nigeria, especially the 2015 election which I witnessed.

We have a lot of things in common and as such we must continue to collaborate. We have marked 47 years of relations and counting…We want to extend such relations in areas of tourism as well.”

The Minister then stated that the recent visit of President Buhari to China has paid off with  many agreements signed in different areas of development.