The Chinese Government is in talks with the Niger State Government in a last minutes effort to avert possible litigation over activities of illegal mining perpetrated by some of its expatriates companies across the state, especially at the Zuma Rock.
The Governor-elect said activities of the Chinese illegal mining companies have caused inestimable damage to Nigeria's National Monument at Zuma Rock and directly affecting the host communities in the area.
He said that although the Chinese government has been a mutually beneficial partners, the state government could not fold its arms and watch helplessly as its resources are being depleted albeit illegally and environment degraded perpetually.
"The Chinese have been our good partners for long.
"But when they do things that are wrong or capable of negating our mutually beneficial partnership, we must not only say it without fear or favor but also find ways to resolve it", he stated.
Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago further disclosed that the meeting also looked at newer ways in which the state government could enter into business partnership with the Chinese government.
Earlier, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, CUI Jianchun said he was in the state to jointly discuss with the state government on how to curb and resolve the issue of illegal mining by some Chinese companies and strengthen their bilateral relationship.
The Chinese Ambassador disclosed that the two sides have agreed to broaden economic ties hoping that, after inauguration of the new administration, it would open more frontiers for business and development partnership.
CUI Jianchun assured that as a long-standing partner of the state government, the Chinese government would, henceforth, ensure that all companies from China opportuned to do business in the state do so genuinely and legally.
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