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.

Oshiomhole Urges Nigerian Leaders To Encourage Unity

Oshiomhole Urges Nigerian Leaders To Encourage UnisonEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on leaders in Nigeria to strengthen the bridge of unity in the country.

Governor Oshiomhole made the appeal while delivering a speech which captured issues of unemployment and inequality at the fourth annual Zik’s Lecture Series of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

He was of the opinion that Nigerian leaders should try not to create a feeling of inequality in the minds of the poor from birth.

Governor Oshiomhole urged them to create an environment that would enable every citizen to thrive, irrespective of their status, adding that poverty was a threat to prosperity everywhere.

A Ugandan motivational speaker, Ethan Musolini, also said that economic empowerment and demonstration of practical skills should be celebrated as they were the heart of sustainable entrepreneurship, stressing that it would open the vista for creation of more jobs and finding solutions to problems at a profit.

Speeches delivered by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, the former Special Adviser on Political Matters to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Ben Obi and the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, hinged on bridging the gap between the rich and the poor.

They also tasked the leaders on providing the structures that would encourage enterprise and thus, exterminate unemployment and inferiority complex among Nigerians.

The forum was organised to encourage quality interaction and conversation amongst leading scholars, students, and individuals towards the development of Nigeria and the African continent while keeping the memory of the ideals of Nigeria’s Pan African leader, late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe alive.