Japan provides N600m grants to support physically challenged in Nigeria
- Written by Abdullateef Abubakar Jos
The Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr Shamsudeen Usman, gave the
information at the signing of a Non-Project Grant Aid agreement between the Federal
Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Japan in Abuja.
Usman signed the agreement on behalf of Nigeria, while Mr Ryuichi Shoji, the Japanese
Ambassador in Nigeria signed for his country.
The minister said that the project would be executed by the Ministry of Women Affairs and
Social Development which would distribute 50 wheelchairs each to the 36 states and the
Federal Capital Territory.
He said the commission would monitor the project to ensure that the wheelchairs and
clutches were presented to the physically challenged persons across the country.
In a remark, the Minister of Women affairs and Social Development, Hajia Zainab Maina,
commended the Government of Japan for its concern for persons with disabilities in Nigeria
and intervening to solve their problems.
Represented by Mrs Mercy Daodu, the Director of Rehabilitation in the Ministry, Maina
requested for the reconsideration of its earlier application for grant-in-aid for the
construction of the National Rehabilitation Institute Centre in Abuja.
She said the project was intended to train a minimum of 500 persons with disabilities
across the country on different and highly marketable skills and vocations that would be of
immense benefit to the two governments.
Responding, Shoji said the grant was designed to support the promotion of the economic
and social development of countries by utilising products made in East Japan, especially the
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