…. Says China remains Nigeria’s biggest infrastructure, trading partner
By Vera Sam Anyagafu
Following the recent immigration regulations sentiments in China, The Coordinator, Nigeria In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Mr. Festus Uzoma Mbisiogu, has, at a Town Hall meeting yesterday in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, expressed the need to control the numerous challenges a large scale Nigerians are facing in China, saying in light of all these, the country remains one of Nigeria’s biggest trading and infrastructure partners.
In his keynote address, Mbisiogu said he is highly impressed with the committed efforts of both Consul Generals of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to China, in persons of Consul General, Consulate General of Nigeria in Guangzhou, Ambassador Wale Oloko and Honorable Consul General, Consulate General of Nigeria in Shanghai, Mr. Anderson Madubike, in ensuring that Nigeria and China remain connected to a mutually benefitting bilateral co operations in all aspects. Both Consul Generals, he said, have ensured that Nigerians receive the best of consular services and are always at reach whenever the need arises.
According to him, connectedness of the two countries, especially in development assistance to support each other in achieving development goals is quite imperative, hence, the need to address the current mishap.
“Nigeria and China share many similarities and among many instances, the fact that there is Nigerian community in China, indicates the quality inter-personal relationship citizens of both countries enjoy.
Many Nigerian migrants became prominent in China and so are Chinese in Nigeria and this will continue to improve with more understandings, notwithstanding the ripples that seem to rouse tensions among Nigerians, following more stringent rules and regulations for entry, residency and many other challenges they face in the commercial city of China, Guangzhou, in Guangdong Province.
At present, Nigerians living in Guangdong Province are being confronted with many issues, although some Nigerians are responsible for what we are going through now. ”
In addition to seeking better approaches in enforcing these regular regulations, the NIDO Coordinator, urges Chinese natives to stop stereotyping Nigerians. He said many Nigerians living in China are of good character, adding that, stereotyping has shaped the perception of Africans in China, especially Nigerians.
“Many Chinese locals are of the impression that Africans migrate to China to commit crimes and this has hugely contributed to the narrative that has shaped local attitudes towards Africans in China. In other words, challenging these mind constructs, seem to be weighing down legal activities of many Nigerians in China.
“We need to put in sufficient attention to quickly arrest this situation, even as we commend President Buhari in his significant effort towards building stronger diplomatic ties with the government of The Peoples’ Republic of China. President Buhari’s tenure has also seen Nigeria and China’s trade relationship continue to improve.
“Of a fact, in some projects, the Chinese have committed to funding the projects by as much as with 85 per cent through soft loans that span 20 years, and we cannot but urge for stronger and healthier people to people relationship. However, I plead with Nigerian President, as father of the nation, to pay attention to some of the challenges herein, as we look forward to welcoming him in China, come September, 2018 ”,Mbisiogu submitted.