Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, has disclosed that his country, Japan, will assist Nigeria in tackling its COVID-19 challenges.
Kazutoshi, who came to the country on May 15, made this known on Thursday in Abuja.
He expressed confidence that the two countries would get stronger and expand into new fields, adding that the embassy would cooperate with Federal Government in the health sector, to fight against COVID-19 and continue to support the efforts of Nigerian citizens to strengthen the health sector.
The ambassador said, “Nigerians have also been highly affected by restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and face various inconveniences.
“Foremost, I will like to express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and to extend my heartfelt sympathies to all the affected people.
“One of my priorities would therefore be to address the various challenges in the medical and health sectors, including the response to COVID-19, through the cooperation between Japan and Nigeria.’’
He recalled that a grant aid project, funded by the Government of Japan was launched in April 2021 to increase oxygen supply and expand vaccine storage capacity through an international organization.
According to him, as a member of the Japanese Government that promotes digital transformation as a pillar of its growth strategy, Nigeria has the potential to advance by actively adopting the latest technology.
“I joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as an IT Expert. Therefore, I am interested in strengthening diplomatic activities using IT in pursuing economic growth and in solving social problems through technological innovations.
“Under these circumstances, DX (digital transformation) can facilitate people-to-people ties by bridging psychological distances.
“It promotes virtual exchanges and deepens mutual understanding not only in political and business fields, but also in fields such as sports, culture, medical care and education,’’ he explained.