President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria is prepared to provide counterpart funding on all agreements reached with China for providing infrastructure that enhances the livelihood of Nigerians.
He revealed this when he received Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of the President of China, Xi Jinping, at State House, Abuja today.
Buhari thanked China for her genuine efforts to enhance Nigeria’s infrastructure development, especially as regards road, railway, aviation, power and water resources.
His words, “Now that we have a government in place (with the Ministers), we know the provision of infrastructure is very important. It (Infrastructure) provides job opportunities and economic sustainability which are very important for political stability.”
“At the international level, we appreciate the support we give to each other and very importantly this must be sustained.
“Nigeria is determined to play its role wherever China’s interest is concerned.”
“China has the technology, the people and the resources to help Lake Chad Basin countries because not many people in the region appreciate our problem of being near the Sahara desert and its influence on our population and climate change, which is affecting over 20 million people living there.”
President XI also said, “China firmly supports Nigeria in pursuing a development path that supports Nigeria’s national conditions. We have every confidence that under Your Excellency’s able leadership, Nigeria will achieve even greater success in its national development.
‘‘During Your Excellency’s trip to China for the FOCAC Beijing Summit, we had bilateral meetings and reached important agreements on our bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest.
‘‘I highly value China’s ties with Nigeria and stand ready to work with Your Excellency to enhance our political trust, jointly pursue Belt and Road Cooperation, effectively implement the outcomes of FOCAC and strengthen our coordination in regional and international affairs so as to further enrich the strategic partnership between both countries.”
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