By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—SPECIAL Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said President Muhammadu Buhari cherished and held in high esteem the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the Peoples Republic of China.
Adesina stated this at the weekend in Abuja when he received in audience the Vice Minister of Information of State Council, People’s Republic of China, Mr Guo Weimin, who is on an official visit to Nigeria.
He said the fact that the Nigerian President cherished the cooperation between both countries automatically meant there would always be areas of mutual cooperation between the two countries from which their media organisations should profit.
In a statement signed by a Deputy Director (Information) in the Presidency, Abiodun Oladunjoye, Adesina reiterated the readiness of the presidential media team to build on the existing relationship while also exploring other areas of cooperation.
He 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 and the Nigerian government.
Speaking earlier, Mr Guo Weimin informed Adesina that he led a team of the Chinese government officials to explore areas of exchange of ideas towards deepening the relationship between the Chinese and Nigerian media industry.
He mentioned New Media, transparency in governance, broadcast communication and socio-cultural values as areas in which they hoped 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 the cooperation of Mr Adesina in that regard.
Mr Gou Weimin also said that 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.a
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