Nigerians seeking jobs in China have been told there is none available. Wale Oloko, the Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, reportedly said only those “exceptionally skilled’’ in artificial intelligence and Information Technology can get jobs there.
Oloko said, “Nigerians wanting to travel to China for employments must appreciate the fact that China currently has a population of about 1.4 billion people”.
“And the Chinese government has to first be able to provide employment for them.
“And besides, there is the language barrier for Nigerians wanting to get employment in China to contend with.
“Let me therefore, say that there are not much employment opportunities for Nigerians or other foreigners who want to travel to any part of China to do menial jobs.’’ There are over 20,000 Nigerians living in Guangzhou, a city in the Guangdong province with a large population of Africans.
Incidents involving local police and Nigerians have sparked riots in 2009 and 2012 by the African community in Guangzhou.
In 2009, two Nigerians escaped a police raid on illegal immigrants by jumping through a window. Both men were hurt and rumors of their deaths led to the first riot by any immigrant group in Guangzhou.
In 2012, a Nigerian died in police custody after being held in a dispute after fighting with a taxi driver.
The reaction by the African community once again escalated into a riot.
Source: Agency Report and Wikipedia