China restates commitment to tackling unemployment in Nigeria
Chinese companies operating in Nigeria have restated their commitment to tackle unemployment in the country, if assurances by the President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria (CCCN), Ye Shuijin, are anything to go by.
He said with over 150 companies operating in the country in different areas of operation, China would contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
His words: “CCCN and its members have played important roles in China and Nigeria economic cooperation. “Chinese companies are involved in many businesses and projects in the country and have benefited various communities through employment opportunities and capacity building on modern technology management methods.”Shuijin stressed that CCCN was born in Africa, grew up in Africa and has devoted itself to Africa.
He explained that after 34 years of pioneering efforts, the Chamber has gradually expanded from the single business of borehole drilling into construction of roads and bridges, water supply, dam construction, irrigation projects, real estate, housing construction, airport construction, agriculture, trade, mining and industry.
“It has made various achievements and accumulated rich business experience. In particular, there has been many breakthroughs in infrastructure”, he said.Shuijin, however, expressed worries that in spite of all that the Chinese government has done for Nigeria through its host communities, China was still associated with sub-standard products.
While accepting the fact that Chinese businessmen sometimes flood the country with low quality goods, he stressed that not all sub-standard products were from China.
For that reason, he stressed that Chinese government was already assisting Nigeria in ensuring that only goods that meet acceptable standards as stipulated by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), find their way into the Nigerian market.
Shuijin disclosed that the Chamber and SON have reached an agreement to check the influx of sub-standard products into the country and that since then, Chinese government had taken it upon itself to regulate what comes into the country.
“Most of the sub-standard products that came to Nigeria were not from China because the Chinese government has put up a structured standard in place for its products.
“We can now say that only few sub-standard goods are in Nigeria. Chinese government is cooperating with Nigeria in ensuring that only high standard products are exported into the country,” he added.One of the companies under the CCCN, Idu Steel Structure Plant, Abuja, started operations in 2008 and has engaged and trained over 800 Nigerian employees.