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PRESIDENT Mohammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Sunday for Japan to participate in the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in Japan.

The conference deemed the largest international conference that generates innovative African Development is tagged “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future” and will convene in the city of Yokohama.

On its Twitter account, the presidency announced that Buhari is expected to deliver Nigeria’s Statement during Plenary Session Three in which he will appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from TICAD6 in Kenya of which the president was a part of.

“Nigeria has gained tremendously since her participation in TICAD6 at the highest level, during which Japan pledged $30 billion investment for the future of Africa combined with the private sector, $10 billion infrastructure investment, and $500 million for vocational training of 50,000 Africans.

“Since the Nairobi Conference, Japanese government and companies have been very active in supporting Nigeria’s agriculture, healthcare, electricity and youth empowerment,” said Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity

Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Babagana Zulum, AbdulRahmam AbdulRazaq and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Borno, Kwara and the Lagos States respectively; ministers and other top government officials.

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The president and his delegation are expected to push for broader Japanese assistance in the areas of science and technology, innovation, human resource development, education, agriculture, power, health and disaster risk reduction, among others.

Buhari is to return to the country on the 31st of August after the conference.

 

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