The Chinese Government has been commended for its development strategy involving infrastructure development and investments in several countries and international organisations including Nigeria.
The Nigerian Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Bello, gave the commendation in Abuja at the gala event organised by the China General Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding fathers of the People’s Republic of China.
The Minister said that over the years, the influence of China on the global stage has continued to grow in no small measure to great advancements in the areas of science and technology, ICT, heavy industry, agriculture, construction and above all, international trade.
The Minister specifically noted that the Belt and road initiative which is the Chinese Government’s development strategy involving infrastructure development and investments in several countries will no doubt bridge the investment, technological and economic gaps between developed and developing nations across the world.
“This initiative will ultimately create wealth between and within nations and create an overall better standard of living for people around the world; all thanks to the government and people of China,” the Minister said.
Bello noted that in the FCT, bilateral cooperation between the FCT Administration and the People’s Republic of China has seen to huge developmental strides in the areas of infrastructural development, education, trade and investment.
He expressed the Administration’s gratitude for the construction and donation of the China Model Primary School in Nyanya and the outstanding construction work on the Abuja light Rail project carried out by a Chinese firm and funded in part by the EXIM Bank of China.
The FCT Minister stated that the Administration would over the next few years focus a lot of attention on developing the educational, health, water and rural sectors of the Territory.
He noted that these areas have the greatest impact on the largest number of FCT residents.
“We seek the cooperation and collaboration of the Chinese government and the China General Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria in order for us to meet our objectives in these areas,” he added.