Chinese government gives scholarship to students in Nigeria

Adoba Echono, Abuja

Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China are commemorating the forty-fifth anniversary of the diplomatic ties existing between the two countries.

As part of the excellent ties between the two countries over the years, the Chinese government is giving scholarship to one thousand Nigerian students in the Federal Capital Territory.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjan at the presentation ceremony said the Chinese Ambassadors Scholarship is part of the Chinese government’s effort to assist young Nigerian students in their educational pursuit.

The assistance entitled the ‘Chinese Ambassadors scholarship’ is part of the activities to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of Nigeria-China diplomatic ties.

Presenting the money to the beneficiaries in Abuja, the Ambassador of the Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Zhou Pingjan said that the students selected from two hundred public schools in the territory will get twelve thousand naira each.

Ambassador Pingjan said the Nigeria-China relations have been excellent over the years.

“To mark the forty fifth anniversary, this big anniversary, we discussed with your government we better do something, the scholarship is one of the things we want use to commemorate our forty fifth anniversary of our diplomatic ties,” Mr. Pingjan said.

“Forty five years is not a very long time, but we have achieved a lot, we have a lot to celebrate,” he added.

The ambassador reiterated “we have a lot to celebrate; actually back in 1971 we Chinese were very happy to establish diplomatic relations with Nigeria in 1971, in that year you helped China a lot, we are very grateful,  why, for the first time in 1971 the Peoples Republic of China was restored its legitimate seat in the United Nations Security Council and thanks to the help of Nigeria and twenty two other countries, without your help we might have waited a little longer, so we are always grateful.”

Ambassador Pingjan said Nigeria shares a lot of similarities and added that China shares natural affinity to Nigeria.

Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory, who represented the Minister of the Territory, Alhaji Mohammed Bello said the cash award was for vulnerable students.

“This scholarship is for the very venerable students who could not afford the basic things they are supposed to do and have in school, so this cash award will enable them to buy books and get some other teaching aids that will assist them to meet up with other students,” he said. 

The benefitting students were very ecstatic by the kind gesture of the Chinese government.

One of the similarities between the two countries is the date of their independence anniversary which is first of October.

Nigeria and the Peoples Republic of China established formal diplomatic relations on February 10, 1971.