H.E. Prof. Mohammed Gana YISA
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Japan
Let me start by expressing gratitude to Inter Media Japan for giving us diplomats the opportunity to enlighten Japanese on our countries and relationship with Japan. Nigeria and Japan presently enjoy a warm and cordial relation since diplomatic ties were established in 1964.
The relation reached a new height when in 2001 former Prime Minister Mori visited Nigeria. The visit was the first by any Japanese Head of Government to Sub-Saharan Africa since the end of the Second World War. President Olusegun Obasanjo had earlier visited Japan on assumption of office in 1999. In May 2009, the senior officials of the Foreign Ministries met under the Japan-Nigeria Special Partnership Program to discuss mutually beneficial array of issues. Three Special Partnership meetings have been held in the past between the two countries. In addition, in June 2009 the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister visited Japan at the invitation of the Japanese Foreign Minister to discuss issues of mutual benefits. Since the upsurge in business and economic relations, there has also been exchange of visits by the trade, business and investment commissions of both countries.
Japan has over the years promoted an active cooperation with Nigeria in the educational and technical fields, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which sponsors educational exchange programmes, builds schools and offers grants to scholars for specific studies in Japan. JICA has also helped Nigeria in the field of rural electrification and agricultural projects, such as rice production and milling in Edo and Imo States. The grants in aid are being used for the improvement of education, rural development and health care delivery – rural electrification, construction of additional classrooms for the Universal Basic Education Program, the treatment and eradication of killer diseases like. Japan promised to double the disbursements of Official Development Assistance to Africa in five years.
I first came to Japan in 1992 where I studied for Ph. D. at the Hokkaido University, Sapporo. My appointment as Ambassador of Nigeria to Japan and presentation of my Letter of Credence to Emperor Akihito on 15th November 2017 was another milestone in the Nigeria-Japan relations. My return to Japan as Ambassador is an important turning point in my contact with Japanese and another opportunity for me to improve on these important relationship.
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