Nigeria’s federal government has sought Japan’s assistance to help the African nation in the areas of power supply, transportation, health, agriculture as well as Information and Communications Technology.
Nigeria’s Vice President Namadi Sambo made the request during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe, in Yokohama, Japan, according to a presidency statement released in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
The VP urged Japan to invest in those critical areas, especially because of the African nation’s potentials, and advocated Public-Private Partnership arrangement between the two countries.
“Sambo assured the Prime Minister of Nigeria’s readiness to support Japan’s bid to host the summer Olympics and to win its slot for non-permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations.
In his comments, Prime Minister Abe noted that a number of Japanese businesses have made progress in Nigeria and that he looks forward to more investment in the Nigerian economy.
“He further stated that Japan supports Nigeria’s growth and economic development and the need to eradicate polio. As part of Japan’s efforts to ensure this steady growth, the Yen soft loan will be used to build elementary schools as part of the projects of inclusive growth,” the statement said.
Sambo is in Japan for the 1-3 June 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V).