The Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, says his country’s experience has spurred it to continue to invest in Nigeria’s education as a panacea for prosperity.
“First of all we want to help improve education here in Nigeria. it is based on our national experience,” Mr Cui said on Friday at the commissioning of the upgraded Chinese Center of the Junior Secondary School, Area 11, Garki, Abuja.
“Because years ago, when China was still a poverty-stricken country, we invested into education because we know that the children need good education as the future of the country.
“And, we believe that education can make our country stronger, well safe.”
Represented by Zhang Yi, Deputy Head of Mission of the Chinese Embassy, Mr Cui said that the Chinese government was keen on investing in education as it was the bedrock for a functional society.
“So that is why we thought that we could do something even though it is very humble for the people, and to the children of Nigeria,” he said.
Mr Cui said “We believe that at least we can be of some help to the government, to the people and to the children.
“That is why my government since 2012 has been doing something for education in Nigeria. This is one of our agenda and it is our priority.”
Cui further said that establishing Chinese Centers across schools in Nigeria was also geared towards strengthening the people to people’s relations between both countries, which he stressed was important to strengthen ties between both countries.
“We have Chinese corners and cultural centers in Abuja and other cities. In these centers we can make the children know the culture of China.
“What the history is, what the people think and what the people do in China because People to People communication is very vital because the people are the messengers of the friendship of our two countries.
“A lot of Nigerians are in China in the entertainment field, a lot of them are doing raps in Chinese language and that is why we hope that we have more culture representation here
“So that the children can know more about our culture and we will also know the culture of Nigeria and I hope we can do more,” he said.
Alhassan Sule, Chairman, FCT Universal Basic Education Board appreciated the Chinese government for its investment in the FCT education sector over the years.
Mr Sule who harped on the importance of education to the development of Nigeria and the Children also appealed for more assistance from the Chinese government to FCT schools.
“This initiative is candid. Education is the only weapon that guarantees a child’s future and a safer tomorrow and education cannot do without culture,” Mr Sule said.