By Usiere Akpan
The Akwa Ibom government has endorsed the implementation of immediate and long term bilateral ties with the People’s Republic of China.
Gov Udom Emmanuel gave the hint during a courtesy visit on him by the 14th Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jianchun, which took place at Government House, Uyo, Friday.
The governor said that the strengthening of relationship on immediate and short term programmes would particularly help to boost needs in education and agriculture, explaining that other programmes and projects on basic infrastructural needs would fast-track the creation of job opportunities in the state.
Emmanuel acknowledged that previous terms of bilateral relations between Nigeria and China has remained unquestionable over the years, emphasising that the Akwa Ibom government would continue to embark on collaborations with China in sectors of immediate needs to the state.
He maintained that the consolidation of partnership between Nigeria and China, particularly for Akwa Ibom in education,would be the foundation of interest in long-term nuclear power technology investments, remarking that his administration has the primary target to provide sources of feeding and livelihood through agriculture.
He acknowledged that the People’s Republic of China has made landmarks in the stabilisation of domestic economy by matching, production and consumption with needs, insisting on collaborations to build the basic social services for understanding of technological advancements and theenvironmental impacts.
Emmanuel called on the Chinese envoy to carve a niche by taking vantage of the creative population in Akwa Ibom to build trade, hoping that the synergy would open new vistas of growth in economy, technology transfer, skills and human resources development.
Jainchun said that the visit to Akwa Ibom was to concretise cordial bilateral relations, noting that the Chinese embassy seeks to improve efforts in fostering trade-relations with the state.
The envoy, accompanied by directors of some Chinese mega firms as the China National Nuclear Corporation, CNNC, andthe China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC, mentioned that the envisaged new trade plans in Nigeria-China Gross Domestic Product, GDP, strategy wouldbe to address socio-economic challenges in both countries, commending Emmanuel for developmental strides in the state.
He called on the Akwa Ibom government to leverage on the availability of oil, gas and power plant to build a nuclear power plant in the state, remarking that Akwa Ibom has the needed feasibility advantage to be distinguished by building a nuclear power plant in the country.