China has concluded arrangement to establish a demonstration farm in the Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, who made this known when he led a delegation of the International Headquarters of the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) on a visit to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, said that the demonstration farm would be part of China’s collaboration with Nigeria towards ensuring food security in the country.
According to the Ambassador, China is already developing a new strategy of cooperation between the two countries with more focus on Communication, Security and International co-operations.
He said that the new strategy is aimed at building harmonious societies through more economic collaborations for mutual development of individual economies.
The Ambassador thanked the Minister for the warm reception accorded to his delegation and also expressed his appreciation to the FCTA for providing an enabling environment for CCECC to work in the FCT.
He gave assurance that China is desirous to carry out more projects in the Federal Capital Territory.
Responding, the minister highlighted potential areas of investment that China should look into towards adding value to the nation’s capital and ensure adequate returns for investors.
He said that such areas include road, rail and power infrastructure as well as agriculture and municipal waste management.
Musa Bello also advised that the company should consider focusing more on long term investment in the FCT rather than on its current business strategy of serving as contractors.
The Minister expressed the appreciation of the FCT Administration to the CCECC for its Corporate Social Responsibility activities, including the construction of about three kilometers of barrier along the Kubwa Expressway at Dei-Dei to encourage pedestrians to use the pedestrian bridges.
He also thanked the Chinese Government for the establishment of the China Assisted Primary School in Nyanya and commended the cordial relationship that exists between China and Nigeria.
Chairman of CCECC, Liu Weimin commended the Minister for the great work he has done in changing the face of the FCT for the better and implored for the CCECC to be a part of the Abuja success story of becoming a world class city.