JAPAN REASSURES COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT NIGERIA

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Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria

The government of Japan has reaffirmed its commitment to developing stronger economic and diplomatic relations with Nigeria, especially in the fight against COVID-19.

Reflecting on the relations between the two countries, the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi said Japan will cooperate with the Federal Government in the health sector.

The Ambassador also reflected on how the pandemic has affected many countries that have suffered human and economic losses.

He said, “Foremost, I will like to express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and to extend my heartfelt sympathies to all the affected people.

“One of my priorities would therefore is to address the various challenges in the medical and health sectors, including the response to COVID-19 through the cooperation between Japan and Nigeria.’’

In this direction, Ambassador Kazuyoshi noted that a grant aid project funded by Japan government was launched in April 2021 for increment in oxygen supply and expansion in the storage of vaccines via an international organization.

It may be recalled that Japan recently announced its readiness to provide about US$39 million as emergency funds to UNICEF to grow vaccine cold chains in 31 Africa countries including Nigeria and other nations affected by COVID-19.

This provision by Japan government which supplements the effort of the COVAX Facility is aimed at ensuring that people in every country can access COVID-19 vaccines equally.

Also, as this gesture bears a significant impact on the general goal of the COVID-19 prevention strategy, it will allow UNICEF to improve vaccines storage capacity and facilitate the potency of vaccines.

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