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 Buhari seeks Japanese support to combat piracy in Gulf of Guinea, as Nigeria, EU sign MoU  

with EU Commissioner for International Development, Mr Neven Mimica and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama signing a MOU for a €50 million program to assist most affected and vulnerable communities in North East, Nigeria on the sidelines of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama JAPAN. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. AUG 29 2019.
President Buhari with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan alongside L-R: DG NIA Amb. Rufai Abubakar, Nigerian Ambassador to Japan Amb. Mohammed Gana Yisa, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State, Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak of Kwara State, NSA Babagana Monguno and Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State shortly after a bilateral meeting in Yokohama Japan on 29th Aug 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Yokohama, Japan, sought the support of the Asian government in combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea as well as illegal fishing in that region.

The President made the request during a bilateral meeting between the Nigerian delegation and Japanese officials led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the margins of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).

The Nigerian leader, who commended Mr Abe for the invitation extended to him to attend the triennial Forum, a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said, also thanked the Japanese government for attending the pioneer celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Buhari’s participation at TICAD7 and the country’s signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Commending the Buhari administration for taking Nigeria to the Next Level, Mr Abe pledged a $300,000 support for Nigeria’s Defence College as well as 12 million Yen for the country’s public health sector.

He also pledged his country’s support for Nigeria’s Presidency of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, while seeking Nigeria’s support for Japan’s bid to occupy some global positions.

Also on Thursday in Yokohama, Nigeria and the European Union signed a €50 million Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support humanitarian and development efforts in the country’s North East region.

The cooperation agreement which was signed by Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, would bring the total EU support to the country to €562million for 2014-2020.

President Buhari, who thanked the EU member states for their support especially for the North East, described as “pathetic the situation in internally displaced camps.”

He also called for further assistance to improve youth education in the region to take them out of poverty.

Commissioner Mimica said Nigeria’s request for enhanced assistance would be given priority consideration since it had come at the time that the EU was in the process of preparing its seven-year budget.


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