August 5, 2018

China envoy lauds Nigeria-China diplomatic relations

China envoy lauds Nigeria-China diplomatic relations

Chao Xiaoliang and Nigerian Immigration officials

The Consular General in Lagos, Chinese Embassy, Chao Xiaoliang has expressed satisfaction at the relationship between Nigeria and China as this year marks 47th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations which according to him has culminated into the trade volume accruing to 14 billion dollars as at 2017 between the two nations.

Chao Xiaoliang and Nigerian Immigration officials

He said this yesterday at the opening ceremony of Chinese language training programme for Nigerian Immigration officials which took place in University of Lagos.

Xiaoliang lauded the joint efforts of the two countries, which have yielded fruitful achievements from friendly and mutually beneficial co-operation in all fields.

According to him, more and more investment from China come to Nigeria while people exchange between the two countries becomes more and more frequent.

He remarked that Nigerian Immigration Service issued more than 14,000 visas to Chinese citizens, which recorded the third among all the foreign countries.

“This Chinese language training programme is aiming to teach Nigerian immigration officials some daily expressions of Chinese language, in order to improve the communication between Chinese citizens and Nigerian immigration officials.

“In the coming months there will be 80 officials from Nigerian Immigration Service in our consular jurisdiction joining this programme as we hope that this programme can benefit both the Chinese travellers and Nigerian immigration service” he said.

He noted the great importance the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration service, Mr. Muhammed Banbandede attached to the programme as he also appreciated University of Lagos especially the Confucius Institute for their co-operation.

Babandede who was represented at the programme by the Coordinator of Zone A, Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. Mohammed Alhaji Alfa said the teaching of Mandarin was actually aimed at enhancing the capacity and abilities of Immigration Officers to interact with Chinese and other nationals at Nigeria various border posts and entry points.  

He disclosed that bilateral relations between Nigeria and China has expanded over the years in terms of trade and strategic economic cooperation while the training which has drawn officers from various commands in the zone has added another dynamic dimension to the already existing cordial relations. 

He advised Chinese nationals and its community to continue ensuring compliance with the extant Immigration rules and regulations.