Over 2,000 Nigerians have benefitted from the various trainings under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA’s) Knowledge Cooperation Programme, which is aimed at building the capacity of beneficiaries to tackle developmental challenges in Nigeria by leveraging on Japanese experience.
JICA Chief Representative in Nigeria, Mr Hirotaka Nakamura, disclosed this in Abuja at the weekend during JICA Alumni Association of Nigeria annual anniversary.
He said members of the alumni, who are expected to become leaders in their various fields of endeavours, have not shied away from playing important roles towards the development of Nigeria based on the knowledge and technologies gained through trainings in Japan.
“JICA Alumni Association is an association of persons who have benefitted from JICA’s Knowledge Cooperation Programme. Since 1975, more than 2,000 Nigerians have benefited from JICA trainings, while 126 participants benefitted in Japanese fiscal year 2016,” Nakamura said.
On his part, the Japan’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Sadanobu Kusaoke, restated the commitment of his country in supporting Nigeria in human capacity development as well as other areas of challenges.
He commended the cooperation between Nigeria and Japan, and enjoined members of the alumni to put into effective use the skills learnt in the JICA training programme.
Earlier, the President of JICA Alumni Association of Nigeria, Dr Dan Aighewi, said the body is a non-profit making organisations established for individuals who have participated in the various training programmes conducted by JICA.