FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) took home Chinese awards of excellence on Friday. The Chairman, Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association, Dr. Eric Ni, who was announced by during China’s 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.
Ni said Obasanjo has been awarded an award of excellence for his selfless sacrifices in promoting businesses between Nigeria and China, adding that his efforts to create a favorable business environment for the Chinese community were much appreciated.
Ni also said Runsewe was awarded for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China.
According to Ni, the Chinese community has enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programs with Nigeria thanks to the support of NCAC and Runsewe.
Obasanjo, represented by his wife, Chief Bola Obasanjo, appreciated the award and praised the Chinese community for bringing transformation to the country in several areas.
“You brought transformation to the country, the Chinese community has helped our youth in providing employment opportunities, we appreciate you all,” he said.
Runsewe appreciated the gesture given to him as he assured the Chinese community of more years of seamless collaborations.
He urged Chinese nationals to continue to visit Nigeria as tourists and investors.
He said help from the Chinese community was highly coveted to ensure Nigeria’s rightful position in Africa and improve local manufacturing and technological progress.
“We want the Chinese community to visit Nigerians more for investment and as tourists.
“We want to achieve a situation where the strength of China in Asia is comparable to that of Nigeria in Africa.
“I especially want to thank the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, for encouraging his people to visit Nigeria and invest; we are known for our hospitable, friendly and obliging people,” he said.
Runsewe also praised the Chinese community for positively influencing Nigerians.
He said the China Industrial and Commercial Association should also be commended for its various corporate social responsibility initiatives that aim to give back to their communities in the form of grants, grants and donations.
He stressed that the NCAC was willing to have a frontline partnership with the association to expand the event to Abuja.
According to him, this will promote synergies and grassroots participation in training, capacity building, infrastructure development, grants and exchanges.
“I must not fail to recognize and praise the Chinese community for attributing art, culture and other artistic expressions as essential components in all your programs.
“I assure you of NCAC’s commitment to serve as a catalyst for consolidating and maintaining bilateral business, cultural and diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria for years to come,” he said.
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