NEPAD, JICA collaborate on food and nutrition programme

Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja

The National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, New Partnership for Africa Development, NEPAD Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu has lauded the ongoing partnership for initiatives on food and nutrition between Nigeria and the people of Japan.

Princess Akobundu, described the initiative as an opportunity for the two countries to learn from each other in that area in Abuja during a courtesy call in her office by the Consultant of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Nigeria, Mr. Koidiro Watanabi.

She said that NEPAD Nigeria would strive to explore all available contacts and resources at her disposal to make the partnership and collaboration work for the benefit of the Nigerian people, who were in dire need of knowledge required to achieve food and nutritional security in the country.

Mr. Watanabi, described NEPAD as a key Agency in the country for the delivery of JICA’s mandate in Nigeria and informed the NEPAD Nigeria CEO of the already existing partnership with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

He added that ‘‘Food and Nutrition is a flagship programme of JICA, which is domiciled here in Nigeria and in nine other countries. We, at JICA, intend to have a workshop here and it’s only natural that as a Consultant to the Agency, I meet and interact with all Organizations with which we intend to work to achieve results.”