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Nigeria to benefit from China's 150,00 scholarships, others

18 November 2015, 21:45

Lagos - The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Gu Xiaojie, said on Wednesday that Nigeria would be among nations to benefit from the 150,000 Chinese Government scholarships, planned for developing countries.

Gu made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said that Nigeria also stood a chance to benefit from the Chinese Government’s plan to "help nurture” about 500,000 technicians in developing countries.

The envoy said that the scholarship programme, which would be carried out within the next five years, would afford Nigerians and other benefiting countries opportunities to receive training and education in China.

"In the next five years, China will be providing 150,000 scholarships for citizens of developing countries, including Nigerian, to receive training and education.

"China will also within these five years, help nurture 500,000 professional technicians in these countries.

Also read: Kano government releases money for scholarships

"These are some of the initiatives announced by Chinese President, Xi Jinping, at the September UN Sustainable Development Summit.

"We should all know that once the Chinese Government says it would do anything, it must be done.’’

The ambassador restated his government’s commitment to supporting developing countries in their human, economic and overall development efforts.

Gu said the essence of the two programmes was to ensure that beneficiaries fast-tracked development of their countries.

"We strongly believe that through these programmes, China will share her experiences in governance, high-speed development, skills and technology with the beneficiaries.’’



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