The Embassy of Japan has commissioned the 60-metre by 2.5-metre Bridge constructed by the Japanese government at Jeida Community in Kuje area council.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony yesterday, the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, Mr. Kusaoke Sadanobu, said the Embassy of Japan endeavoured to support efforts being made to improve the lives of Nigerians.
Sadanobu said under the scheme, Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), the Embassy “has so far implemented a total of over 160 projects in various regions and areas, with a total amount of over $11 million over the course of two decades.”
He added that before the construction of the bridge, farmers had to cross the Usman Dam River on foot to access their farmlands, despite the risks involved, particularly during the rainy season.
“Therefore, the government of Japan is from now on changing the situation through the support given to our implementation partners to provide this bridge which will, henceforth, give the farmers easy access to their farming area, as well as enable safe transportation of the entire farm produce to the market; this will boost the economic activities of Jeida Community of Kuje area council.”
He said: “Social stability for shared prosperity is one of the priority areas in the Nairobi Declaration of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI), held in 2016. For this realisation, Japan is strongly committed to comprehensive measures to establish the Social Stability Foundation, and this project is one of the important measures to realise this.
“I hope many farmers and villagers, through this intervention, will be able to efficiently make use of this edifice and ultimately contribute to creating a better future for Nigeria at large.”
In his welcome address, the chairman, Kuje area council, Alhaji Abdullahi Danladi Galadima, thanked the Japanese Government for the project.
Galadima, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Samuel Tonko Duda, gave the assurance that Council “will adequately take care of the bridge and maintenance after the commissioning.”
He appealed to the people of Japan to do more to assist Kuje in the areas of education, health services and agriculture.