The Japanese government has installed and donated 100 solar powered street lights worth over N31 million (US$86,241) to Ezeagbogu in Ezinihitte Mbaise Council Area of Imo State.
The project was officially commissioned and handed over to the beneficial community by the state governor, Emeka Ihedioha and the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Yukata Kikuta, yesterday.
In his speech, Mr. Kikuta said the project fall under the scheme of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) of the Japanese government, adding that in the past 20 years, Japan has funded over 170 projects in various parts of Nigeria worth over 12 million US dollars.
He furthered that Japan in partnership with a technology company, Koyo Corporation and Development Dynamics, a non government organisation has commenced training of youths in the maintenance of the project and would in two years time, trained about 100 youths in various fields of technology.
In his words, “Japan is strongly committed to supporting Nigeria as declared at the sixth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD VI). The Embassy of Japan hopes that this assistance will contribute to improvement of safety in the community, and will strengthen the amicable relationship between Japan and Nigeria.”
Contributing, one of the facilitators and Managing Director of Ufotonnie International Ltd, Tony Ufomadu said the project will go a long way in ameliorating the security and development challenges of the community.
He assured that his company is poised to ensure that the project is replicated in other communities of the state in order to continually improve people’s livelihood and to Foster socio-economic development in Imo State.
Also in his remark, Governor Ihedioha lauded the Japanese government and the facilitators of the project, Ufotonnie International Ltd and Development Dynamics.
He stated that his administration would further partner with the Japanese government similar project across the state to help address issues of security, development and employment in the state.
Ihedioha also urged the citizens to take advantage of their contacts and positions to attract development to the state, pointing out his administration is committed to providing adequate security and viable development for general good of the people.
Meanwhile, in appreciation of the gesture, the beneficial community conferred a chieftaincy title of Enyi Ukwu (good friend) of Ezeagbogu on the Japanese Ambassador by the monarchs of the area.