Nigerian Navy Signs MoU with Chinese Govt on Capacity Building

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The Nigerian Navy on Thursday in Abuja signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Government on capacity building for its personnel.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Usman Jibrin, said the signing of the MoU followed a request by the Navy to the Confucious Institute in China for two Chinese instructors.

Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plan, Nigerian Navy, Rear Adm. Johnson Olutoyin, Jibrin said the agreement which led to the signing of the MoU commenced in August 2014

He said a lot of efforts had been put in place to realise the objective.

‘`With the signing of the MoU, it is hoped that two Chinese teachers would be seconded to the Nigerian Navy Training Centre to achieve the desire for Navy personnel to study Chinese language.

‘`At the end of this ceremony, we will be able to further fast track the arrangement to have the two Chinese instructors at the Navy’s Training Centre.

On his part, the Chinese Military Attache’ to Nigeria Senior Col. WANG Runxu, said the signing of the agreement showed the cordial relationship that existed between the Chinese government and the navy.

Runxu said the agreement would further promote the understanding, and that more officers would understand and speak the Chinese language.

He said that the initiative was good for the two militaries.

Mr Yan Xianadong, Director China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, said the Navy Centre had a lot to benefit from the initiative.

Xianadong said through the cultural exchange the relationship between China and the Nigerian Navy would improve, adding that the capacity of the Nigerian Navy personnel would also be enhanced. 

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