Consul-General of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, Mr. Wale Oloko has admonished young Nigerians aspiring to travel to China for employment purposes to look elsewhere.
Oloko told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it had been and would continue to be difficult for unskilled Nigerians to secure even menial jobs in China.
The consul-general, however, said it was only “exceptionally skilled’’ Nigerians in artificial intelligence, Information Technology and other areas that could be considered for employment in China.
“Nigerians wanting to travel to travel to China for employment must appreciate the fact that China currently has a population of about 1.4 billion people.
“And the Chinese government has to first be able to provide employment for the Chinese.
“And besides that, there is the language barrier for Nigerians wanting to get employment in China to contend with.
“Let me, therefore, say that there are not many employment opportunities for Nigerians or other foreigners, who want to travel to any part of China to do menial jobs,’’ he said.
Oloko, who was visiting Nigeria so as to strengthen China and Nigeria relations, said China was presently favourable to Nigerians who would be visiting for studies, tourism and business purposes.
He said the over 70, 000 Nigerians that travelled to the Guangdong Province in 2016, had visited the Chinese province for business, tourism, education and healthcare issues.
The bilateral relations between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China have expanded on growing bilateral trade and strategic cooperation.
China is considered one of Nigeria’s closest allies and partners. China is also one of Nigeria’s important trading and export partners, with trade relations hitting the 2.7 billion dollar mark in 2017.
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