OrderPaperToday – The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, has lauded Japan for its development assistance programmes to Nigeria.
According to Udoma, these programmes have targeted the needs of Nigerians.
He made the commendation when members of Japanese Parliament led by Mr. Kiyoshi Ejima, visited him in Abuja.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Akpandem James on Wednesday, the minister said: “Japan’s contributions to Nigeria in the areas of Health, Education, Power, Infrastructure and Agriculture through its Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) programme fits into the priority areas of government and very valuable to the overall development agenda of the current administration.
“The assistance has been very helpful because it focuses on our priorities, particularly in agriculture, industrialization, transportation, power and oil and gas which are also the priority areas of focus in Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). So, the assistance you are giving are in our priority areas.”
He also informed to the parliamentarians that Nigeria is willing to learn from the experiences of a country like Japan because it “is a country in a hurry for rapid economic development.”
According to the Minister, there are a number of opportunities for foreign investment in Nigeria and government has introduced a number of policies and initiatives to make doing business in the country easy and convenient for investors.
While acknowledging the contributions of the Japanese government to various aspects of Nigeria’s national life, he assured the parliamentarians that Nigeria appreciates the benefits of such development assistance.
It was the Minister’s belief that continued collaboration between the two countries can generate mutual benefits for national of both countries.
He recognized the importance of the views and inputs of parliamentarians in shaping government policies and was optimistic that their visit to Nigeria will strengthen economic ties existing between the two countries.