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Nigeria must invest in education and others

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By Abiodun Okunloye

The Hausa edition of Chinese President Xi Jinping's book will help Nigeria.

For Nigeria economy to thrive, it must capitalise on its strengths and natural resources and provide more jobs. This recommendation came when President Bola Tinubu was inaugurating members of his cabinet who are anticipated to aid him in putting his renewed hope campaign manifesto into action. Cui Jianchun, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, stated that in order for Nigeria to accomplish its goal of targeted eradication of poverty, there must be purposeful and systemic investments in education, food, housing, security, and other areas.

Jianchun stated, during his speech on Monday in Abuja at the launching of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book, ‘Up and Out of Poverty,’ Hausa edition, that there are several insights from the book that can be applied to Nigeria because of the many similarities that exist between the two countries. The envoy, while acknowledging that the book was written in 1988, said it contains the opinions of the current president on how to eliminate poverty.

Issues of poverty revolve around two basic needs and three assurances.

In addition to this, he added that it was the book that the president employed in his efforts to eradicate extreme poverty between the years 2012 and 2022. He emphasised that the issues surrounding poverty focus on two basic needs and three assurances. There is food and then clothing, which meet the most fundamental necessities. Those three guarantees, he stated, are accessible education, healthcare, and secure housing for all. He suggested that Nigerian educational system needed to be improved.

There are a lot of out-of-school students in the country, and it is common knowledge that a nation cannot progress if its citizens are not educated. In order to end poverty for good, Nigeria must also address its current medical problems. The Chinese government’s actions were meant to stimulate the economy. The economy is the single most important factor in ending poverty. The African nation of Nigeria must capitalise on its many advantages and natural resources to meet the demands of its people.

80 million out of about 200 million people live below the poverty line.

Moreso, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, also spoke at the unveiling of the book. He stated that the book launch was necessary considering the widespread poverty in the country, where 80 million people live below the poverty mark. Represented by Aliyu Shinkafi, the Permanent Secretary of the Special Services Office to the SGF, Akume expressed the belief that the book, translated into Hausa, will enable Nigerians to take advantage of China’s economic growth and progress.

He stated that the launch seems fitting at this time and demonstrates what the two countries have in common. For the populace to benefit from China, the book is being translated into one of the three most common languages. Because Nigeria has a population of roughly 200 million people, with approximately 80 million living below the poverty threshold; this is especially true in the North West and North East regions of the country. It is not a coincidence that the book was written in Hausa.

Bilateral collaboration between Nigeria and China will be strengthened.

Hu Helping, the visiting Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism, said that the world is facing a lot of issues, particularly food insecurity and poverty. He added that the unveiling of this book would assist Nigerians in comprehending and learning how China rose out of poverty. Hu Helping is visiting Nigeria as part of China’s official cultural and tourism exchange programme. He stated that the agreement would go a long way towards ensuring a stronger bilateral collaboration between Nigeria and China.

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