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Japan offers $4.5m grants to Nigeria for disaster management equipments

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 9:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor Abuja

Japan has offered a grant of $4.5million to Nigeria for the provision of Japanese disaster reduction equipment which would assist Nigeria in dealing with natural disasters.

The signing ceremony of the Exchange of Notes for the non-project grant aid  took place  at the weekend in Abuja between the Federal Government represented by the  Minister of National Planning Commission, Abukabar Sulaiman, and Charge’ d’Affaires ad interim of Japan, Masaya Otsuka, who represented the Government of Japan.

Otsuka explained that the grant would be utilised for procurement of disaster reduction equipment of high quality made by Japanese enterprises, adding that the National Emergency Management Agency[NEMA] would implement and fully utilise the equipment to be procured to make Nigeria a more resilient  country.

He noted that international discussions to formulate a new set of world development goals which would succeed the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] are underway, adding that it was important to mainstream the disaster risk reduction in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

He further explained that non-project grant aid is intended to support developing countries by promoting its economic and social development through foreign currency for import of goods such as industrial machinery necessary to promote economic and social development efforts by the developing countries.