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UniAbuja, Japanese agency hold first JICA Chair event

JICA and UniAbuja officials

JICA and UniAbuja officials

By Gami Tadanyigbe

The University of Abuja in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Thursday, held its first Chair event for technological development of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the event is titled “Post World War II Reconstruction and Economic Development in Japan -Lesson for Nigeria.”

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah, at the event said the establishment of Japanese Language and Culture Institute in the university was to help Nigeria emulate its technology and scientific development.

According to him, Japanese culture and language has taken technology and science to a greater height of globalisation and networking.

“The university of Abuja understands the importance to instill in our students spirit that will lead them to succeed in life.

“This is a nation that has not got so much in resources but has focused on human resources to make sure that it is at the top of the whole world.

“The university has established the Japanese language and culture Institute and JICA is now working with us to make the institution a major centre for Japanese language, education and culture in Nigeria,” he said.

Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, said the country has modernised and created a rich, prosperous, free and democratic nation focusing on the rule of law.

Kazuyoshi said that Japanese tradition and identities had earned its place as the first non-western country to become a developed fast growing country.

He said one of the secrets of the Japanese economic strive after World War II is the Meiji Restoration which marked the beginning of the transition from a non-western culture to a modern Japan.

“Today, the Japanese Government offers opportunities for people to study in Japan and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is reviewing applications for Japanese Government Scholarships.

“We have currently received over 1,000 applications from Nigerians,” he said. (NAN)(

Edited by Isaac Aregbesola