Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has identified the provision of infrastructure, industrialization and Information Technology (IT) as critical areas that require solid co-operation between Nigeria and China for economic revival and growth.
Saraki, according to a statement from his Media Office, in Abuja, stated this when he hosted the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjian in his office.
The Senate President lauded the excellent relationship between Nigeria and China and said there was need to take it further in more mutually beneficial ways.
He noted that Nigeria has demographic similarities with China and expressed hope that both countries will be able to resolve any outstanding issue towards deepening their relationship.
He said there was ample room for Chinese investors to invest in the textile industry in the northern part of the country towards reviving commercial activities there.
He also called for better parliamentary co-operation between the National Assembly and the Peoples Assembly of China through the exchange of ideas on parliamentary best practices.
Saraki said: “We can further deepen the relationship between us and be able to put behind us some of the long outstanding issues and then break into new areas that we all wish for. I think there is no doubt today that Nigeria as a country – both as a government and a people – that we really treasure the importance of a relationship with China. I want to reemphasize that as we look at the present government’s policies and direction, we believe that there is a great role for your country to play. There is a lot that we can do together to build trust,” he said.