Remarks of Ambassador Zhou Pingjian of China to Nigeria at the ground breaking ceremony of the University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State

Source:MFA 2019-12-05

  (Daura, 2 December 2019)

  Your Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

  Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

  Dear Brothers and Sisters,

  It is my great honor and pleasure to join you in the ground breaking ceremony of the University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State. I thank honorable Minister Rotimi Amaechi of the Federal Ministry of Transportation for the kind invitation.

  As the largest developing country in the world, China highly values its strategic partnership with Nigeria, the largest developing country in Africa.

  In recent years, under the strategic guidance and personal attention of President Buhari and President Xi Jinping, the brotherly relationship between China and Nigeria has reached new heights unmatched in history, bringing tangible benefits to our two countries and two peoples. China always appreciates Nigeria's invaluable support wherever China's interest is concerned.

  Moving forward, we are convinced that China and Nigeria can forge an even stronger relationship toward an even stronger community with a shared future through win-win cooperation.

  Guided by the principle of upholding justice while pursuing shared interests and the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith, China remains committed to working with Nigeria to implement the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit and advance the Belt and Road cooperation for common development.

  We will continue to do whatever we could to support Nigeria in achieving independent, sustainable development and realizing the Nigerian dream at an early date.

  "Nigeria's unique challenges can only be solved by made in Nigeria solutions." We cannot agree with President Buhari more on his usual insightful and incisive observation.

  As part of the ongoing effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the promotion and development of the local capacity through technology acquisition in the rail transport sub sector, the establishment of the University of Transportation merits applause and commendation. We are pleased to witness here today that China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) once again proves itself to be a reliable bridge of friendship and cooperation between China and Nigeria.

  "Growing up together with Nigeria" is the motto of CCECC Nigeria. A strong sense of corporate social responsibility has always been in its life and blood since its founding here in this great nation in 1981. We believe CCECC Nigeria will keep up the good work and deliver more, better and faster in this respect.

  Thank you for your attention.

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