FG, Japan sign N2.8bn agreement for health, education

The Federal Government and the Japanese Government has signed a N2.8bn grant to support the health and education sectors in Nigeria.

The Minister of National Planning, Dr Abubakar Sulaiman, signed on behalf of the Nigerian government, while the Japanese Ambassador in Nigeria Mr. Ryuichi Shoji, signed for his government.

A statement from the ministry on Thursday said the Japanese health support to Nigeria in the sum of $4.1m, is to equip teaching hospitals, federal medical centres, special centres and general hospitals with medical devises and instruments produced by the Japanese Small and Medium Enterprises.

The support for the education sector, the statement added, is valued at $13.2m and would be used for the construction of 261 classrooms, 258 toilet booths and other school facilities in 36 schools in Oyo State.

This, it stated,  is aimed at improving access to primary education and the school environment of Nigeria.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Sulaiman explained that the projects will fill the critical gaps in Nigeria’s development drive and also complement the country’s effort in education and health and also enhance capacity to meet the MDGs targets.

He explained that, the Japanese education grant in Oyo State, will have a very strong positive impact on the education sector of the state.

“The Nigerian Government, like other African countries, is putting everything in place to meet the basic needs of the people, particularly in the areas of education, healthcare and shelter,” he said.

Shoji in the statement stated that the overall objective of the grant was to create inclusive society for growth through providing support for health and education sectors.

This, he added, is one of the Japan’s priority target areas at the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development  held in June last year..

He added that, the government of Japan made a commitment to provide financial support of $500m in the health sector.

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