Sylva, Chinese Diplomat Reinstates Commitment to Nigeria-China Relationship

Sylva, Chinese Diplomat Reinstates Commitment to Nigeria-China Relationship

- Rumours of a possible diplomatic row between China and Nigeria has been quashed

- The Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jianchun says the relationship between Nigeria and China is intact

- The diplomat restated the commitment of China towards its existing partnership with Nigeria

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The Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Cui Jianchun has declared that Nigeria and China relations are intact and blossoming.

Ambassador Jianchun made the comment on Thursday, May 27 when he visited the minister of state for petroleum resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva in Abuja.

A statement sent to by the spokesman to the minister, Garba Deen Mohammed, noted that the two officials agreed on excellent relations that exist between their two countries and expressed the need to deepen the existing partnership.

Sylva, Chinese diplomat reinstates commitment to Nigeria-China relationship
Minister Sylva also expressed the federal government's commitment to the Nigeria-China relationship. Photo credit: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency
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According to the statement, they also both agreed that the recent revocation of some OMLs held by Addax (a Chinese-owned company) was purely a commercial decision and will not have any impact on the excellent relationship between the two countries.

The statement added that:

“Sylva and Ambassador Cui Jianchun concluded their discussions with the Chinese Ambassador extending an invitation to the Nigeria minister of state to visit China.
“Responding, Sylva graciously accepted the invitation and promised to pay a visit to China later in the year.”

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The event scheduled to hold in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital will host several dignitaries and policy leaders in the oil and gas, government, development agencies, and related sectors connected to the oil and gas sector.

Some of the expected guests will include the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the Secretary-General of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, and heads of Africa Development Organizations.

The two-day event will be hosted at the NCBMB Towers in the south-south state from Thursday, June 3 to Friday, June 4.

Meanwhile, Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday, March 16 called for an upward review of the 13 percent derivation formula due to south-south states.

Governor Obaseki said the 13% due to oil-rich states in the country had remained inadequate for the development of the region


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