The Chinese Government has offered scholarship to 24 Nigerians to study in various universities in China, as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr Qin Jian, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of China in Nigeria, said on Friday in Abuja at a send off party organised by the embassy for the beneficiaries.
The envoy who described education as the foundation of a nation, said that “since 1987 China has provided 700 government scholarships to Nigerian students.” He also added that “237 Nigerians are currently studying in China under the Chinese government scholarship scheme, apart from the self sponsored ones.”
Qin described the gesture as a “great inspiration for our furtherance of bilateral exchanges and cooperation in educational field between Nigeria and China.” He urged the students to make good use of the opportunity and ensure smooth completion of their studies with a view to serving Nigeria when they return.
Ayotunde Adesugba, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information, who spoke on behalf of the Federal Government, thanked the Chinese government for the gesture. According to her, Nigeria and China have come a long way, adding that both countries have a lot to share. Ayotunde charged the students to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria and ensure they excel in their studies.