The Chinese Government has offered scholarships to 24 Nigerians to study in various universities in China, being part of efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr. Qin Jian, disclosed this today 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.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information, Ms. Ayotunde Adesugba, 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 that they excel in their studies.
One of the beneficiaries,Chikaosu Quincy, who will be studying Media Technology, thanked the Chinese government for the gesture and promised to do her best in her study.
She said, “Though I will be missing my parents, I am prepared to put in my best and do well in school.”
Another beneficiary, Udo Arinze, described the opportunity as`a dream come true;” adding that he was prepared for the academic challenges in China.
NAN reports that the event was witnessed by parents and well wishers.