Mr. Qin Hong of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina,
Senator Shehu Sani (Chairman of the occasion), former deputy ambassador of Nigeria to United Nations, Usman Sarki and Mr. Aminu of the
Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a seminar to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of modern China in Abuja, early this month.
At a At a workshop to reflect on the 70 years of the founding of modern China scholars politicians, labour leaders of workers union and other Nigerians agreed that the trajectories of the Peoples Republic of China since its founding in 1949, running through revolution, reconstruction and reform has been phenomenal and worthy of close attention by Nigerian leaders and other leaders in Africa.
The anniversary workshop which held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital under the theme “The development and Achievements of China in 70 years and opportunities for Nigeria-China Cooperation in the New Era” was organized by a Think Tank, Centre for China Studies, (CCS). Welcoming participants to the workshop, the director of CCS, Mr. Charles Onunaju said that the study of China and examination of her trajectories are very crucial for Nigeria and the rest of Africa because through the Asian giant, Nigeria and the rest of Africa could clearly see a mirror reflecting their travails, struggles and eventual triumph. According to him, China’s current phenomenal development which has put her in the mainstream of global economy were culmination of internal reform effort, which has seen more than 800 million Chinese lifted out of poverty in the shortest time in all human history. Surmounting challenges and setback, the Communist party of China (CPC) in consultation and cooperation with other political parties and social forces have transformed China to its comprehensive modernization. Nigeria and the rest of Africa faced with critical challenge of inclusive development can tap into the experience of China through vigorous cooperation. The Chairman of the occasion, Senator Shehu Sani, has commended China for her practical support to Africa, which to him is not new, recalling that The Peoples Republic of China have offered support both material, moral and diplomatic in the days of Africa’s struggle against colonial domination. He added in contemporary times, China is in the forefront of Africa’s struggle for economic development as she provides help in filling the yawning infrastructure gap. He urged Nigeria leaders to make prudent use of China’s concessional loans by focusing it on projects with multiplies values and direct impact on improving the lives of Nigerians.
A leader of a Chinese 4-man delegation that participated in the seminar, Mr. Qin Hong, who is also a counsellor of the policy planning development of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Peoples Republic of China said that ChinaNigeria friendship will continue to develop and deepen with every generation.
Former Nigeria’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Usman Sarki recalled that Nigeria and China have consulted and maintained common position on key international issues, recalling that the two countries top diplomats have always been on the best of terms at the United Nations.
Former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Zainab Maina recalled with fondness her participation at the Beijing Women Conference several years ago, as head of National Council of Women Society, (NCWS) and urged the two countries to use the occasion of their respective national days which falls on the same day, October 1st to deepen all-round cooperation.
Comrade Issa Aremu, a well known Nigeria’s leaders of workers movement said that China’s meteoric development beckons on Nigeria and other African countries to pay serious attention to China. He said if huge swath of Chinese workers is witnessing a meaningful material improvement in their living condition, because their welfares are put in the mainstream of policy planning, there is no reason why workers should not receive similar attention in Nigeria and other African countries.
Participants at the workshop agreed that China’s initiated Belt and Road framework of international development that focuses on the aspirations of all peoples of the world for better life and a sustainable living environment clearly captures the sentiments of the world’s people for a community of shared future and destiny for humanity.