The Japanese government has said that it had commenced the training of 100
youths in Imo in the use of solar energy.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Yukata Kikuta (below in red Cap), revealed
this when he paid a visit to Imo State to install 100 solar-powered
street lights worth over N31 million to Ezeagbogu in Ezinihitte Mbaise Council
Area of Imo State
The fixtures were donated by the Japanese government.
The Ambassador reiterated that his country was committed to helping the
According to him, the solar energy project fell under the scheme of Grant
Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project of his country.
Kikuta said that his country in partnership with a technology company, Koyo
Corporation and Development Dynamics, a non-governmental organisation had
commenced training the youths in the maintenance of the project and would in
two years time, have trained all in various fields of the new technology.
He said, “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 the
improvement of safety in the community and will strengthen the amicable
relationship between Japan and Nigeria.”
He ended saying that in the last 20 years, the Asian country had funded over
170 projects in various parts of Nigeria worth over 12 million US dollars.