The Chinese Government has awarded N100,000 scholarship each to 48 selected students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, as support to boost their educational pursuit.
The financial support came under the ‘October 1st Scholarship for China-Nigeria Friendship’ which is a collaboration between Nigeria and China.
Mr. Zhao Yong, the Deputy Ambassador, who spoke on behalf of the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjiang, stated that the award by the Chinese Embassy was the second of its type to support selected “intelligent students of ABU”.
“ABU, as one of the best universities in Nigeria, has a long standing relationship with China. Apart from scholarship award, China has commissioned a new language laboratory at ABU. Since the enlistment of diplomatic ties in 1971 between China and Nigeria, the friendship and cooperation have delivered tangible benefits to the two nations,” he added.
Disclosing that Nigeria is now China’s second largest export market and the third largest trading partner and major investment destination in Africa, Pingjiang added that, “In terms of investment, the accumulated China non-financial investment in Nigeria approaches $2.8 billion, contributing significantly to local economy and job creation.”
Meanwhile, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, the Vice Chancellor of ABU Zaria, said that the support the institution had got from the Chinse Government was impressive; stating that the Chinese language teacher offered to the institution by the country was making invaluable inputs to the relationship between them.