Japan gives Nigeria $9.4m grant for medical equipment

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ABUJA – The Japanese has extended a assistance of 1 billion Japanese Yen (approximately USD$9.4m) to for the provision of medical equipment.

’s for Budget and , Prince Clem Ikanade Agba and Japan’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to , Mr Kikuta Yutaka, have signed and exchanged notes Abuja respect of the grant.

The medical equipment project, as expected, would contribute to strengthening the medical system Nigeria the provision of ambulances and computerised tomography (CT) scanners.

The bilateral cooperation, according to Minister Agba and Ambassador Yutaka, “is part of Japan’s contribution to the expansion of the Universal Coverage (UHC) and the promotion of and Wellbeing Initiative, which Japan expressed during Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).”

TICAD7 held from 28th-30th August, 2019 at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama city, Japan, with more than 10,000 people, including 42 African from 53 countries, 52 development partner countries, 108 heads of international and regional , and representatives of civil society and the sector attendance.

The of Japan has led this conference since 1993, co-hosted by the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and African Union Commission (AUC).

Ambassador Yutaka  said that Japan remained committed to supporting developing countries’ effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which, according to him, had posed a serious threat to human security globally.

He also stated that Japan remained focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), including the universal coverage.