JICA awards scholarships to 13 Nigerians for human resource development



JICA awards scholarships to 13 Nigerians for human resource development

By Patricia Amogu

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has awarded scholarships to 13 Nigerians to complete their masters and internship program under the auspices of the African Youth Business Education Initiative (ABE initiative) and the program Global Leader of SDG within the framework of the official development assistance of the Japanese government.

Mr. Takayuki Nakagawa, Chief Representative of JICA Nigeria Office, said in his remarks that the initiative is a program that aims to encourage young people who can contribute to the development of industries in Africa and become “navigators” for the operations of Japanese companies in Africa.

“Kahehasi Africa Nigeria Initiative, which is an association of alumni of the Africa Business Education Initiative for Africa (ABE-I), originated from the word bridge and is officially inaugurated today in Nigeria, it is now registered with the Nigerian government.

“Meanwhile, since the initiative in 2015, more than 70 students have been sent to Japan to earn a master’s degree and experience an internship in Japanese companies.

“We cover their tuition fees, their travel costs, as well as six-month internship opportunities that give them access to practical work and also prepare them to become employers of labor.

According to him, the 13 beneficiaries selected to participate this year are expected to use what they have learned in Japan and develop more human capital while creating a network that will further foster relations between Japan and Nigeria.

“We are really proud of this program and Japan has many experiences which can be shared with partner countries, we sincerely wish it to be with the Nigerian government.

Mr. Ugochukwu Mba, President of Kahehashi Kahehashi Africa, Nigeria, said that participants from 54 African member countries, who were seeking to bring small and medium enterprises from Japan to Africa with the help of JICE and JICA, have launched the name Kahehashi Africa.

“It took us a while to officially establish as a legal entity in March as a non-profit organization in Nigeria, we are officially in the market, we bring a lot to the table, we are currently in the process of to complete the registration of a foreign direct business that I have personally brought into the country.We will liaise with Jetro and work together to create jobs in the country.

“At the preliminary stage of bringing in foreign direct investment, seven Nigerians are already employed and placed on wages. I see this foreign direct investment bringing employment opportunities to between 150 and 300 employees.

Augustine Goke, participant and architect, said he was selected for a master’s program in architecture to establish sustainable architecture and will focus on thermal comfort.

“At the end of the study, I intend to come up with solutions that will speed up the delivery of housing in Nigeria. It is about sustainable development and in Nigeria we have multidimensional housing problems. Use as a vehicle to solve social problems, create social reengineering, especially in the housing sector, and reduce some carbon footprints.

Mr. Asuquo, also a participant, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity given to him while pledging to make the most of the opportunity to further strengthen the ties between the two countries. (www.)

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