President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Shanghai, China, said his administration would give priority to the building and development of resilient and viable cities comparable with other developed cities across the globe.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, said
Buhari spoke at separate meetings with the Mayor of the Chinese city of Shanghai, Mr Yang Xiong and the Director of Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Liu Fangzhou.
Buhari said the Federal Government would give full support to Free Trade and Export Processing Zones in the country to spur rapid economic development.
The President, who visited the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, said Nigeria was prepared to learn “how to make our cities more viable from those that have achieved development.
“We have already identified the development of infrastructure which will bring industries that create jobs and help us to diversify the economy.
“We are going to work hard to achieve these within the period we have in office. Nigerians will see progress and feel the impact,’’ he said.
He commended the hard work and incredible success story of the city of Shanghai, Buhari said the virtues of hard work were central to every human achievement and development.
The Shanghai Mayor expressed the willingness of Chinese businesses to key into the vision of the Chinese President Xi Jinping for Africa by investing in Nigeria.
The statement also quoted the Director of the Free Trade Zone Liu Fangzhou, as commending the effort of the Nigerian government towards the diversification of the economy.