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
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
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.
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"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
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.’’