- Nigeria’s consul-general in China has stated that there are no employment opportunities for Nigerians seeking to travel to China to work at menial jobs
- The envoy disclosed that the only foreigners who could be considered for employment are those with exceptional skills in areas like IT and artificial intelligence
- He stated that the Chinese population was extremely high and that the country’s government was still trying to create more employment opportunities for its own people
Wale Oloko, consul-general of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, on Wednesday, February 14, 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 among the Chinese.
NAIJ.com gathers that the consul-general, however, said that 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 China for employments 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 them.
“And besides, there is the language barrier for Nigerians wanting to get employment in China to contend with.
“Let me therefore say that there are not much employment opportunities for Nigerians or other foreigners who want to travel to any part of China to do menial jobs," he said.
The consul-general said that it was only Nigerians who were "exceptionally good" in some areas yet to be explored by the Chinese that were likely to be offered employments in China.
Oloko, who was visiting Nigeria so as to strengthen China and Nigeria relations, said that China was currently favourable to Nigerians who would be visiting for study, tourism and businesses.
He said that the over 70,000 Nigerians that travelled to the Guangdong Province in 2016, had visited the Chinese province for businesses, tourism, education and healthcare.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that China assured Nigerians that it would extend more funds to the country on the condition that Nigeria submits “good development plans."
Professor Zhang Yong-Peng, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), in Beijing, China mad the disclosure.
While making clarifications on “The Belt and Silk Road: Creating New Development in Africa,” the professor told a delegation of visiting Nigerian journalists that it was necessary for Nigeria to become more active with China.
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