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Envoy Identifies Proficiency in Chinese Language as a Path to Career Progression

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Envoy Identifies Proficiency in Chinese Language as a Path to Career Progression

By: Michael Mike

The Director, China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Li Xuda has advocated for the teaching of Chinese language in schools across Nigeria, noting that this would open doors to a wide range of career paths and job opportunities that would inevitably enhance many Nigerians competitiveness in an ever-evolving world.

The Director, who gave the advise at the finals of 23rd Seasoned of the Chinese Bridge-“Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students”, held virtually in Abuja, at the weekend, said acquiring fluency in Chinese language would improve the chance of being employed in the international labour market as Chinese language is widely used.

He noted that the Bridge-Chinese Proficiency competition, which highlights the importance of language and cultural exchange between China and Nigeria aims to boost participants’ interest in learning Chinese and deepen their cultural understanding.

He also said that the competition, connects China with the world, strengthens mutual understanding, bilateral relationship and create rooms for economic growth and cultural exchange.

“With China’s expanding influence in international trade, technology, and diplomacy, the ability to communicate effectively in Chinese is viewed as a valuable asset for individuals seeking to advance their careers in an interconnected world. All our students should learn Chinese because most of the jobs or opportunities come when you know at least two foreign languages.” Xuda said

He explained that “Chinese Bridge” is a symbol of cultural exchange and language proficiency, and its successful organization in Nigeria is a testament to the growing interest in Chinese language and culture among Nigerian students.

He noted that most foreign employers hunt for employees who are skilled in Chinese language, which calls for the need to learn the language.

“Employers across industries are increasingly seeking candidates with Chinese language skills to engage with Chinese partners, clients, and markets. As businesses look to expand their operations in China and tap into its consumer base, the demand for employees proficient in Chinese is expected to rise significantly in the coming years”. He explained

Also speaking, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Yu Zhangbao, noted that hard work, determination with a conducive learning environment, Students will be able to perform well, showcase their skills and style, and achieve excellent results towards enhancing national and economic growth.

He said: @The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese competition has greatly inspired more young people to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture. It has also greatly increased the visibility of Chinese teaching in Nigeria in the global Chinese teaching circle. I believe that with everyone’s efforts, we will make further progress. I wish all the contestants perform well, show their skills and style, and achieve excellent results.”

The Dean, University of lagos Confucius Institute, Zhao hongling, in his part, stressed that the “Chinese Bridge” competition connects China with the world, providing a platform for college students to showcase their Chinese language skills and understanding of the Chinese culture.

He noted that: “The successful organisation of the Nigerian finals is due to the hard work of many leaders, teachers, and staff, whose dedication is greatly appreciated. This competition emphasizes that hard work leads to success in learning Chinese, regardless of when one starts. It aims to boost participants’ enthusiasm for learning Chinese and deepen their cultural understanding.

“On behalf of the Confucius Institute at University of lagos, I wish all participants the best and hope for the competition’s complete success in Nigeria.”

The 23rd season of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, which leads Chinese learners around the world to a more diverse and harmonious future, had 12 college students from all over Nigeria as participants.

After a series of excellent displays, Zhengui emerged winner of the competition while Zhou Wenjing and Qi Siheng came second, with Shen Moli, Chen Peixi, and Tian Jie placed third.

The winner of the contest has the opportunity to travel to China and compete in the global “Chinese Bridge” competition.

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

By: Michael Mike

A wave of excitement filled the air in Mamud Fana South, Gambia, as residents celebrated a new era of clean and reliable electricity with the commissioning of 77 Solar Home Systems (SHSs).

This life-changing project, implemented by UNIQUE ENERGY, was made possible with the financial support of the ECOWAS Commission through the ECOWAS Special Intervention Fund (ESIF), implemented by ECREEE.

For years, residents of Mamud Fana have struggled with limited access to electricity. This often meant evenings spent in darkness, limited opportunities for education and a struggle to power basic appliances. 

Now, the project lights up Mamud Fana South, bringing solar energy to over 1,000 residents. Each household has been equipped with a solar panel, battery storage, inverter, sockets, and lighting bulbs. This new energy source will allow them to power their homes, use appliances, and potentially develop small businesses.

The installations were commissioned on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, in the presence of Mr. Francis Sempore, ECREEE’s Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Correa, Representative of The Gambia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Mr. Njaga Ceesay, Business Development Manager at UNIQUE ENERGY.

The project demonstrates the positive impact that renewable energy solutions can have on rural communities across West Africa.

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

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By:Yahaya Wakili

The Executive Chairman of Nangere local government area in Yobe state, Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, has called on the people of the local government to use the Eid-el-kabir occasion to pray for His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON (Chiroman Gujba), Nangere local government, and Tikau emirate council.

Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, who is also the Walin Tikau Emirate Council, disclosed this in his Sallah message to the people of Nangere local government area at Eid-el-kabir praying ground in Nangere.

The chairman charged the people of the local government to embrace the spirit of love and tolerance and live in peace with one another.

“Nangere local government is known as number one in the state in farming and hard work and has urged the people to pay more attention to farming and rearing as the rainy season commences.

Hon. Samaila Musa also called on the people to abide by the law and order, with a view to building peace and unity among the citizens of the local government, the Tikau emirate council, and Yobe state in general.

“Nangere local government is the most peaceful local government in the state; therefore, he urges the people to intensify prayers to our leaders to be guided aright for increased peace, security, and prosperity of our local government, our emirate, and our state in general.” Wali said.

He warned the people of the local government to avoid encroaching on the cattle roads in order to avoid a clash between the farmers and headers in the area.

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Senator Lawan consoles the families of Karege, his former COS

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By: Yahaya Wakili

President of the Ninth Senate, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Ph.D., GCON, Sardaunan Bade, Yobe North Senatorial District, was today in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, to condole with the family of his former Deputy Chief of Staff, Alhaji Mohammed Mamman Karage, whose demise occurred on Friday night.

Alhaji Mohammed Mamman Karage died after undergoing heart surgery at the Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna State. Alhaji Karage, aged 65, was survived by two wives and children.

The President of the 9th Senate was joined on the condolence visit by the Deputy Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yau Usman Dachia, the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, and his former Chief of Staff, Dr. Babagana Aji.

Others include: Member representing Karasuwa constituency, Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo; Yobe State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Mohammed Gagiyo; his former Special Adviser on Budget, Alhaji Suleiman Jamo; and Chairman, Bade local government administration council, Hon. Ibrahim Babagana, amongst others.

During the visit to his family, Senator Ahmed Lawan offered his deepest sympathies and urged them to find solace in the deceased’s memory and legacies, which he left behind through the countless lives he touched. He prayed for Allah’s (SWT) guidance and support to enable them to bear this immeasurable loss.

“May Allah (SWT) grant Alhaji Mohammed Karage’s soul eternal rest in Aljannatul Firdaus.

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