The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, says the media team of President Muhammadu Buhari will build on existing relationship between Nigeria and China as well as explore other areas of cooperation.
According to a statement on Sunday by a Deputy Director in State House, Mr. Abiodun Oladunjoye, the presidential spokesman spoke while receiving the Vice Minister of Information of State Council, People’s Republic of China, Mr. Guo Weimin who was on an official visit to Nigeria.
Oladunjoye quoted Adesina as saying that the relationship between Nigeria and China is one that Buhari cherishes and values highly.
He further quoted the presidential spokesman as saying that the fact that the Nigerian President cherishes the cooperation between the two countries automatically means there will always be areas of mutual cooperation from which the countries’ media organisations should profit.
The statement read, “He (the presidential spokesman) reiterated the readiness of the presidential media team to build on the existing relationship while also exploring other areas of cooperation.
“Mr. Adesina further assured the visiting minister that the presidential media office will work closely with the Ministry of Information to explore areas where the agreements signed during the visit will enhance the interests of the Nigerian media in particular and the Nigerian government in general.”
Weimin was said to have earlier informed Adesina that he led a team of other officials of the Chinese government to explore areas of exchange of ideas towards deepening the relationship between the Chinese and the Nigerian media industry.
He mentioned New Media, transparency in governance, broadcast communication and socio-cultural values as areas in which they hope to share ideas with their Nigerian counterparts.
He also acknowledged that presidential spokesmen have a big role to play in deepening this relationship and therefore solicited Adesina’s cooperation in that regard.
Weimin also said his delegation had interacted with a broad spectrum of Nigerian media professionals to hear first-hand from them their expectations from the visit of the Chinese.