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39 Nigerian students receive scholarships from Japan

Japan International Cooperation Agency

39 young people from Nigeria have received fully funded scholarships from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the possibility of employment in Japanese businesses.

This was revealed on Thursday in Abuja during the send-off for the recipients by Yuzurio Susumu, the country representative for JICA, and Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, the Japanese ambassador to Nigeria.

The 39 students would gain access to three separate programs, including the SDGs Global Leader Program and the Africa Business Education Initiative. Partnership for Building Resilience against Public Health Emergencies through Advanced Research and Education is the third program (PREPARE).

According to Mr. Matsunaga, the proposal will support Nigeria’s development in all spheres and improve the Japanese-Nigerian universities.

“Japan and Nigeria have trade volume annually of nearly $1 billion. However, I feel more potentially to have more Japanese companies coming here. To invest and collaborate with other governments and also UN agencies to assist Nigeria to develop more,” said the Japanese representative.

Mr. Matsunaga added, “Today, we will send 39 very talented Nigerian youths. I really expect them to be good Ambassadors, to promote and to strengthen the Nigeria-Japanese relationship.”

Mr. Yuzurio claimed that the project would expand growth into the private sector in addition to the public sector.

The Centre for Management Development’s (CMD) director-general, Bitrus Chinoko, praised Japan for the scholarships.

The project, now in its ninth iteration, has seen a rise, with 39 beneficiaries this year—the greatest number since it began—according to Aliyu Bawalle, the president of KAKEHASHI Africa Nigeria Initiative (KANI), co-organizer of the event and an ex-beneficiary of the program.

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