The Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, has called on Chinese investors to establish manufacturing plants in Nigeria saying that in as much as Nigeria is willing to do business with them, they should “give us the technology” because we have no interest in importing finished products from China.
He said this will help to fast forward the development of the Nigerian economy and also bolster the friendly relations between both countries.
While speaking in Abuja at the Nigeria-China Investment Forum/Celebration of 45th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries, Ortom noted that Nigeria is presently living off China from clothing to food and almost everything.
“That’s not helpful to the economy of Nigeria and not helpful to the friendliness of the country of Nigeria and that of China”, he said.
Governor Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Benson Abounu said:
“We are interested in China coming here to establish a good productive base in order to help the economy of Nigeria and also the economy of China.”
“The government of Benue State like other governments would now make it very easy to do business and that’s the most important thing. We will provide land and make sure you get title to land within a month so that we can fast-track the development of this country.”
However, speaking during the event, the Charge d’Affairs of Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Qin Jian, disclosed that so far, China had invested a total of over $2.5 billion in the economy of Nigeria especially in areas of petroleum, solid minerals, telecommunications, broadcasting, construction materials and agriculture. He also added that Nigeria remained China’s premium engineering contract market, third largest export market as well as
He also added that Nigeria remained China’s premium engineering contract market, third largest export market as well as the fourth major trading partner – one of the major destinations of Chinese investment in Africa.
“We have witnessed frequent high-level exchange between the two sides and the political, mutual trust has been enhanced continuously, President Muhammadu Buhari has paid a successful state visit to China in April this year and during the visit, the leaders of our two countries exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest were reached while the new direction of future development of China-Nigeria strategic partnership was charted.
“In the area of people-to-people exchange, the bonds are also becoming closer as time goes on, according to my knowledge, several Nigerian people, especially, the young ones who are very enthusiastic in leaning Chinese language have been given the privileges to come to China to learn the language successfully.
“We have also successfully invited over 100 African Ambassadors to China where we introduced them to top Chinese businessmen, all these are paying off today as the mutual cooperation in getting stronger by the day.”
According to him, the Chinese government will not cease to promote infrastructure development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.