|Speech by Consul General Liu Kan on Fourth "People to People Friendship Action"|
All distinguished guests, dear teachers and students,
It’s my great honor, on behalf of the Chinese people and Government, to be present at the Completion and Handover Ceremony of Olorunsogo Community Primary School Rehabilitation project with all the friends, dear teachers and lovely children.
Though it is the first time I visit here, I have already known much about you and your school. During the past months, my colleagues and SEPCO company have visited your school and reported to me about the progress of the project. And here today, I’m delighted to witness the successful completion of the project. With the completion of the project, the classrooms are freshened, the leakage of the roof have been fixed, the play ground will no longer be muddy after rain. I sincerely hope the refurbished classrooms, new furniture and stationary are fully utilized for the maximum benefit of the children in the future.
The rehabilitation project is under the framework of China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action which was carried out in the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2012. The program aims at encouraging and supporting exchanges and cooperation between organizations, woman and young people of the two sides by jointly undertaking small and micro social programs and promoting mutual visits between people’s organizations of the two sides.
During the past few years, the Chinese Consulate General in Lagos has been encouraging Chinese companies in Nigeria to feed back and make donations to local communities, and has partnered with them conducting 3 “China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action” projects in Lagos state, namely, the donation of household appliances to the Isolo SOS International Children Village in 2013, the Campus renovation project for Eti-Osa Itedo Primary School in 2014 and the rehabilitation project for Satellite Junior Secondary School in 2015. And this year, the Consulate partnered with SEPCO company conduct this project first time in Ogun State. Here, I would like to thank SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Corporation for their wonderful job, they deserve a round of applause! And i fully believe that the project is just a beginning. With much more Chinese people arriving Ogun State for business and investment, more donations from Chinese companies and community will be made to local society.
Dear friends, teachers and students, have you been to China? How much do you know about China?
China is located in East Asia about 10 thousand kilometers from Nigeria. It is the world’s most populous country with a population over 1.3 billion. China is one of the four great ancient civilizations with a history of over 5000 years. China is full of beauty and fascination. She has 56 ethnic groups, complex and varied terrains, rich and diverse natural resources, long and brilliant history and culture, magnificent and enchanting sceneries. Chinese people, who are friendly, open minded and warmhearted, are respectful and amicable to such friends as Nigerian people. In 2015 China attracts 133 million visitors from all across the world. If you are among one of them, I’m sure you will experience the hospitality of China and Chinese people. I’ve been working in Nigeria for 2 years, and I’ve always felt at home here, this is mostly because of the hospitality of Nigerian people. “Amity between people holds the key to sound relation between states”. I hope everyone attend the ceremony here will engaged in promoting friendship between Chinese people and Nigerian people in the future, and with your support I’m sure China-Nigerian relationship will stand the test of time!
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria, the relationship between the two countries have been steadily improved in recent years. Just one month ago, at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Nigerian President Buhari payed a state visit to China, the visit was successful and fruitful. Our traditional friendship is composed of historical milestones one after another. Today we are celebrating the completion and hand-over of rehabilitation project of Olorunsogo Community primary school, which used approximately 200 thousand RMB yuan( about 31 thousand US dollars). I see the project as another milestone of amity of Chinese people toward Nigerian people. This year we plan to carry out 3 projects of “China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action” in the Consulate district. I’m looking forward to seeing more and more such projects accomplished in Nigeria, and I hope more Nigerian will benefit from the projects.
People attached great importance of education both in China and in Nigeria, because Children are our future. Education can put people on a path towards good health, empowerment and employment, it can help to build more peaceful societies. I hope teachers can take energy to learn more about the students' learning situation and teach students in accordance of their aptitude and develop students' potential and foster more and more outstanding students. And I hope students will have healthy personality and study hard to reach great academic performance! I sincerely welcome boys and girls in Olorunsogo Community Primary School to visit China in the future!
I firmly believe that the long-time friendship will surely open a new page of history of our brotherhood.
May the school become better and better!
May all the students have a bright future!
May all the guests a good health and a great fortune!