Nnamdi Azikiwe University Partners China On Education Development

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, China, UNIZIKThe Government of the People’s Republic of China has revealed plans to partner with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka to develop the institution in the areas of scholarships, culture, training programmes and investments.

The Director of China’s Culture in Nigeria, Mr Yan Xiang Dong, disclosed this on Monday during the inauguration of the Chinese Cultural Research Centre of Nigeria at the university.

Speaking after a brief indoor meeting, Mr Dong expressed optimism on Nigeria’s Bilateral Relations with China in which four agreements were signed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

He said the development would attract a lot of investments into Nigeria and that the responsibility of his office in the partnership includes awards of scholarships and student-teacher training in culture and technology.

Receiving the Chinese delegation, the Vice Chancellor of UNIZIK, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, also expressed delight on the positive impact of the initiative.

He said the Centre would quench the thirst of many students who desire to learn the Chinese language and culture.

Professor Ahaneku added that the partnership would open up new vistas into the medicinal and culinary art of the Asian country which he said would promote healthy living.

The Confucius Institute, which is a non-profit Public Educational Organisation affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, has been existing in the university since 2008.

The event concluded with the presentation of Certificates of Merit to 400 Confucius students who excelled in the Chinese language proficiency tests.

Herdsmen, Farmers Conflict: Buhari Orders Military Deployment To Restive Communities

herdsmen, farmers conflict in NigeriaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the deployment of the military to states currently battling to contain conflicts between farmers and Fulani herdsmen.

The deployment is part of measures to end the scourge that had claimed several lives and affected farming activities in the affected states.

According to a spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, there is a plan to map out grazing areas which has been presented to the governors of the states.

Mr Shehu was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Monday.

Visit To China

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President Muhammadu Buhari being received at the airport in China

On the President’s visit to China and expected gains, he said that Nigerians were anticipating a huge infrastructural development as part of the successes made during the visit.

While giving his opinion on the investments secured by the Nigerian government, Mr Shehu expressed the belief that it was the $6 billion expected foreign investments  secured in the course of the visit, was the biggest feat.

He further explained that China wanted to take Nigeria through how to achieve industrialisation.

“They want to take four (maybe) towns in the country and they want to use them as models for specialised kind of production. That’s how they started their own.

“Something is already happening for instance with Ogun State (the Free Trade Zone), I believe that the Governor of Ogun State, in the course of this trip, signed not less than six agreements and there are even more that are coming,” the President’s spokesman said.

Mr Shehu added that “there will be massive improvement of the infrastructure, using the investment that is coming from China”.

He stressed that a lot of these companies were expected to come in.

President Buhari Arrives In China

Muhammadu-Buhari-Arrives-ChinaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived in the People’s Republic of China for a state visit.

According to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari was welcomed at the Beijing Capital International Airport by China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Cheng Guoping, alongside other senior Chinese government officials.

Also at the airport were the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam.

Other Nigerian government’s functionaries at the airport were the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and Minister of Defence, Dan Monsur Ali.

The President left Abuja on Sunday for a working visit to China aimed at securing greater support from Beijing for the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply and housing sectors.

Considering Chinese Panda Bond

It is expected that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China would be concluded and signed.

The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to boost industrial activities and infrastructural development in Nigeria.

Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

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Minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said Nigeria was also considering Japanese bond

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, had told reporters after a meeting with the business and investment community early on Saturday in Lagos, that the government was considering the possibility of issuing Chinese panda bond to make up for the deficit in the 2016 budget.

She said that the government’s objective was to borrow the cheapest possible money.

The breakfast meeting focused on the imperatives for fiscal discipline, investment and diversification of the domestic economy in the face of strong local and international headwinds such as the steady decline in oil prices and weak global economic growth.

Nigeria, China Strengthen Bilateral Ties  

Goodluck-Jonathan-and-Li-KeqiangNigeria and China have agreed to maintain the momentum of exchanges of visits at all levels and further collaborate in areas of infrastructure, financial services, trade and investments and agriculture.

Leaders of both countries on Wednesday held talks at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital where China reassured Nigeria of its support in the war on terror.

At the meeting, President Goodluck Jonathan and the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Keqiang, discussed how both countries could maintain mutual understanding and trust by exploring visit exchanges between government functionaries, political parties and legislatures.

President Jonathan reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the one-China policy while the Premier expressed firm support for Nigeria’s efforts to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity as well as promotion of economic development.

The Chinese Premier, Mr Li arrived at the Presidential Villa and was accorded a warm reception by President Goodluck Jonathan, as officers and men of the guard’s brigade filed out for inspection.

After the ceremony, the two leaders entered into the President’s office for bilateral talks that lasted for about an hour.

A communique was released after the meeting, with President Jonathan expressing excitement about support in the area of security.

The visiting Premier, through an interpreter, promised to work with Nigeria to ensure safety of the investments so far established.

The visit coincided with the World Economic Forum On Africa which Nigeria is hosting.

He will also participate in discussions during the World Economic Forum on Africa and sign six bilateral agreements with top government officials.

China’s support to Nigeria in the area of security is needed at this time that the nation is tackling insurgency in the north east.

The Boko Haram sect had claimed responsibility for several attacks on villages, churches and schools in the north east, with a recent attack on a community, Chibok, resulting in the abduction of over 200 school girls.

The abduction had triggered protests in different states in Nigeria and in some countries with a “Bring Back Our Girls” demand.