Mr Guo Weimin, Chinese Vice Minister of Information of State Council has expressed China willingness to expand its media relations with Nigeria.
He added that it is to promote the relationship between both countries and objectively represent developments in China and Africa. made this known in Abuja on Thursday, during a media dialogue organised by Leadership Group to host
Guo said that bilateral relations between both countries was “evergreen” and adding that enhanced cooperation between the media of both countries would strengthen relations. He recalled that the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Dec. 2015 had media relations as one of the agreement reached at the summit. He noted that China’s relationship with Africa was the “cornerstone” of the foreign policy of the Chinese Government.
“The purpose of my visit to Nigeria is to implement important agreements that were reached between the Chinese and Nigeria presidents on developing the strategic partnership of China-Nigeria relations. “Also to work closely with Nigeria to ensure that the outcome of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and push forward our bilateral relations by inclusive exchanges with the government, the people and the mass media especially in media and social culture.
“Mass media serves the most special and important part in introducing the China-Nigeria cooperation, recording the China-Nigeria exchanges and spreading friendship,” he said. The vice minister said that the media of both countries had role in promoting people-to-people relations between both countries and being a positive voice for developing nations globally.
“We will continue to tap into the rich content of China-Nigeria friendship cooperation to broadcast and spread the most touching stories to the world, to broadcast and report the lively cooperative results between out two countries. “We will promote innovative and pragmatic cooperation and carry forward common development of China-Nigeria media industry; under these new circumstances, it is meaningful for China-Nigeria media industries to launch exchanges and cooperation.
“We will encourage as many Chinese media to come to Nigeria to broadcast and we welcome more Nigerian media to visit and study in China.” In his remarks, the Chinese Deputy Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Lin Jing said “media cooperation should be part of the overall China-Nigeria cooperation”.
Addeding that government was also not leaving any stone unturned in securing the release of any other abducted girls and women, including freeing them from the ideological grips of Boko Haram terrorists.
“Having regained their freedom, it is equally important that they regain their self-esteem and be assisted to return to their families and back to their schools.
“Furthermore, emergency teams of psycho-social counselors and health professionals have been dispatched to the northeast to assist with the profiling of victims for appropriate therapies,” he said.
Itegboje said in addition, the Federal Government has put in motion legal remedies for victims of Boko Haram terrorism in the form of rape and other sexual violence against children, abduction of children and other grave violations,”