The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Muhammadu Sanusi, has called for a rethink in the area of economic diplomacy between China and Nigeria as well as other African countries.
The Emir made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Ambassador to China, Amb. Baba Ahmed Njidda, at the Nigerian Embassy in Beijing, China.
The Emir’s trip to China is contained in a statement e-mailed to The Renaissance by Aamir Yassar, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State.
He said countries looking for China’s economic support should ask for investments not loans as “that is one of the best ways to get our people out of poverty and create wealth’’.
The royal father said that instead of importing goods, “we should convince the Chinese to come and set up industries so that our people can get employment and improve their skills.
“The Chinese, as the investors too, will make money’’.
The Emir informed the Ambassador that he had met with the world textile giant, Shangtex, in Shanghai and initiated discussion on how it could come and set up an industry in Kano with the support of the State Government.
He said the state government was also on the same page with the emirate council and that was why senior government officials were part of the emirate’s entourage to China on two occasions.
Responding, Amb. Njidda thanked the Emir for visiting the embassy.
He assured the Emir that the embassy would study his recommendations with a view to putting them to use.
He then recalled that the Emir’s late father, who was the first Nigerian Ambassador to China, had laid a good foundation for a cordial and friendly relationship between Nigeria and China.
By Our Correspondent