Wednesday, 13 April 2016

President Buhari and President Xi Jinpeng of China

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has
given out new orders from far away Beijing,
According to a statement issued by Shehu
Garba, the president’s senior special
assistant on media and publicity, President
Buhari directed that technical committees be
immediately established to finalize
discussions on new joint Nigeria/China rail,
power, manufacturing, agricultural and solid
mineral projects.

Buhari made this known after talks between
his delegation and high-ranking Chinese
government officials led by President Xi
Jinping, and has ordered that the technical
committees are to conclude their
assignments before the end of next month.
President Xi Jinpeng in company of
President Buhari exchange compliments with
Nigerian delegation which includes L-R:
Minister of Power, Works & Housing
Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Minister of
Transport ,Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of
Science and Tecnology ,Ogbonnaya Onu,
Governor of Benue State ,Dr. Samuel Ortom,
Governor of Yobe State ,Alhaji Ibrahim
Geidam, Governor of Oyo State Abiola
Ajimobi, Governor of Jigawa Badaru
Abubakar and Governor of Ogun State,
Ibikunle Amosun.

President Jinping agreed that Nigeria’s
chosen path of development through
economic diversification was the best way
to go and to help Nigeria to achieve this,
China promised to fully support the country
through infrastructural development and
capacity building.
China also expressed an interest in setting
up major projects in Nigeria such as
refineries, power plants, mining companies,
textile manufacturing and food processing
industries as soon as the enabling
environment is provided by the Federal
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In response to President Buhari’s desire to
make Nigeria self-sufficient in food
production, President Jinping offered $15
million agricultural assistance to Nigeria for
the establishment of 50 agricultural
demonstration farms across the country.
President Buhari and President Xi Jinpeng
witnessing the Signing of Framework
Agreement between the Federal Ministry of
Industry, Trade & Investment of Nigeria
represented by Hon. Minister of Industry,
Trade & Investment ,Mr Okechukwu
Enelamah and The National Development
and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China
represented by Chairman of NDRC ,Mr Xu
China and Nigeria also agreed to strengthen
military and civil service exchanges as part
of a larger capacity-building engagement.
In line with this, China offered to raise its
scholarship awards to Nigerian students
from about 100 to 700 annually and as well,
give 1,000 other Nigerians vocational and
technical training annually.
President Jinping applauded the war against
corruption being waged by President Buhari,
assuring him that Nigeria will always have a
special place in the affairs of the Peoples
Republic of China.
After the talks, President Buhari and
President Jinping witnessed the signing of
several agreements and memorandums of
understanding by Nigeria and China.
The agreements include a “Framework
Agreement Between the Federal Ministry of
Trade and Investment of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria and the National Development and
Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of
Others were a “Memorandum of
Understanding on Aviation Cooperation
between the Ministry of Transportation
(Aviation) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
and the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples
Republic of China” and a “Memorandum of
Understanding Between the Federal Republic
of Nigeria and the Government of the Peoples
Republic of China on Scientific and
Technological Cooperation.”
A “Mandate Letter Between the Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China and the Central
Bank of Nigeria on Renminbi (RMB)
Transactions” was also signed.