Runsewe expressed that his recent visit to China allowed him to observe the Chinese ingenuity
By Okafor Mercy
The National Council for Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the People’s Republic of China, will organize a capacity building program in the latter part of the year, benefiting no fewer than 3000 Nigerian youths. Otunba Segun Runsewe, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, made this announcement during a meeting with the Chinese Cultural Attaché, Lee Xuda, at the Nigerian Culture House in Abuja.
Runsewe expressed that his recent visit to China allowed him to observe the Chinese ingenuity and creativity in goods production. He emphasized the need for Nigerian youths to be exposed to and trained in such an environment to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in various areas of goods production.
The Director General reiterated that the capacity building program would involve selected youths from every state of the federation and the FCT. These individuals would be sponsored to China by their respective state governments, including the FCT. The National Council for Arts and Culture would facilitate and coordinate the training on various skills acquisition programs.
Runsewe emphasized that the skills acquired by the youths through this program would contribute to growth and economic development at both individual and national levels in Nigeria.
In response, the Chinese Cultural Attaché, Lee Xuda, highlighted the strong bilateral and economic relationship between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China. He acknowledged Nigeria as one of the African countries attracting significant investment from China. Xuda mentioned that economic and trade cooperation is the main pillar of the bilateral relations between China and Nigeria, and China is committed to supporting Nigeria’s economic development, leveraging its abundant human and natural resources.
The Chinese delegation was later given a tour of the Nigerian Culture House by the Director General.