The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has restated its commitment to deepen collaboration with Nigeria with increased interventions in critical areas of the Nigerian economy.
JICA Chief Representative, Mr Nakagawa Takayuki stated this at the JICA Day celebration in Abuja. “Given the strategic position Nigeria occupies on the African continent, Japan would do everything to boost healthy relationship with Nigeria”, Takayuki said.
Speaking on the impacts of JICA’s activities on the Nigerian economy, the President of Japan Alumni Association of Nigeria, JAAN, Ahmed Agborankhe explained JICA in collaboration JAAN have done tremendously well in the year under review, citing that workshops were held for Teachers and Nurses because they closest to children, apart from their parents, hence the need to train them on how to manage and keep to the safety guidelines of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
He also said that sensitization programmes were held for women on the best/safest way to minimize post harvest loses.
Explaining the essence of JICA-JAAN-Nigeria collaboration, the former Accountant General of the Federation, who is also Alumni of JAAN, Dr Kayode Naiyeju said, Nigeria has thrown exchange programme, drawn experience from Japan in terms of contact and technology.
“Through JICA and JAAN, we have been able to convince Japanese investors, who are undecided that Nigeria is an investment destination.
Ms Jummai Vandu, a staff of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Environment, who is currently undergoing virtual/online training from Japan, on promotion of appropriate treatment technology for disposal of hazardous waste, explained that the programme is rewarding, as she has learnt alot.
“This programme has enhanced my knowledge of best/safe method of disposing harzadous waste.” For instance, Japan has 293 waste management facilities, which caters for various waste stream.
“Nigeria can partner with Japan to establish waste management facilities in the six Geo-political zones – to manage every waste stream, especially, harzadous waste”.