By Chineme Okafor in Abuja
The Japanese government has invested $1.4 billion as economic aids and
donor funds in Nigeria between 1966 and 2015 — a period of 49 years,
making it Nigeria’s third highest donor country.
grants since 1970 for economic projects such as improvement of Nigeria’s electricity network.
cooperation since 1972; over $64 million for humanitarian support to the North-east since 2013, and over $11 million on Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security projects (GGP) scheme since 1998.
signing ceremony for the disbursement of a fresh financial aid worth $558,455 (about N170 million) to five community-based projects across Nigeria, indicated that between this period, the fund was spent to help Nigeria grow her economy, support the health system and advance
peace-keeping and the stability of the country’s North-east which has been under severe attacks by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
sesame seeds to Japan which exported iron, steel, cars and machinery to Nigeria.
committed to helping Nigeria improve the livelihood of its people.According to the Charge d’Affairs of Japan Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Shigeru Umetsu, who signed the grant contracts with the implementing partners of the five selected projects, Japan would be hoping that the assistance will contribute to the improvement of health care service delivery, enhance agricultural productivity, as well as strengthen the friendly relations between it and Nigeria.
of the lives of people in Nigeria. Under the scheme, Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), we aim to tackle urgent
social-economic problems at the community level. From 1998 till 2018,
we implemented 164 projects across Nigeria, with a total amount of
approximately $11 million.
Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. Today, we will be signing another five grant contracts making it a total of 170 projects in the 20-year history of GGP in Nigeria.“We shall be signing five projects at this grant contract signing ceremony, with a total grant amount of $558,455. The projects were adopted based on their impact on the selected communities as well as the partners’ preparedness to implement them,” Umetsu said.
care medical centre in Elegushi area of Lagos, while Amachara community in Afikpo area of Ebonyi State will get $89,285 to procure a solar-powered system for its health and education resource centre.
benefiting communities, and make maximum contributions towards the
development of the nation.
“Japan is strongly committed to supporting Nigeria’s economic and
social development as declared at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), and these projects are part of our commitment,” Umetsu added.