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Envoy lauds Nigeria-China diplomatic relations at immigration officials training


Consular General in Lagos, Chinese Embassy, Chao Xiaoliang has expressed satisfaction at the relationship between Nigeria and China on the 47th anniversary of both countries’ diplomatic relations, which he said, has culminated into trade volume accruing to 14 billion dollars as at 2017.

He said this yesterday at the opening ceremony of the Chinese language training programme for Nigerian Immigration officials which took place in University of Lagos.

Xiaoliang lauded the joint efforts of both countries, which have yielded fruitful achievements from friendly and mutually beneficial co-operation in all fields. According to him, more and more investment from China come to Nigeria while people exchange between the two countries becomes more and more frequent.


He remarked that Nigerian Immigration Service issued more than 14,000 visas to Chinese citizens, which recorded the third among all the foreign countries.

He noted the great importance the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration service, Mr. Muhammed Banbandede attached to the programme as he also appreciated University of Lagos especially the Confucius Institute for their co-operation. Babandede said the teaching of Mandarin was actually aimed at enhancing the capacity and abilities of Immigration Officers to interact with Chinese and other nationals at Nigeria’s various border posts and entry points.

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