As Buni, Zulum Round-up Study Tour in Japan to bolster North East Recovery
By Yusuf Ali, Abuja
Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni and his Borno State counterpart, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, have rounded up five days intensive post insurgency recovery tour in Japan to bolster North East Recovery from the devastating ashes of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Gov. Buni and Zulum, undertook the study tour in Japan to borrow from the Hiroshima recovery process of the post-1945 Atomic bomb destructions. The Japanese government is set to support the North East Nigeria in strengthening its recovery and peace building efforts in North East ravaged by terrorism.
The tour coordinated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) was to equip Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa state governments with a sustainable post-insurgency recovery process.
Governors Buni, Zulum, and a representative of the Adamawa state government jointly noted that the Hiroshima experience would contribute to fast-tracking peace-building and recovery processes from the horrific Boko Haram insurgency in their respective states.
Gov. Buni who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Dr Abubakar Garba Iliya discussed areas of interest to the state which include education, agriculture, humanitarian and livelihood support as well as youth empowerment and skills acquisition.
The delegation also had discussions on the Japan-Nigeria Parliamentary Friendship league, a lecture series on the history of Hiroshima, peace-building, and recovery.
The state governors, earlier in the Week, paid a courtesy call on the Vice President of JICA, the Deputy Governor of Hiroshima City, and the Nigerian Ambassador to Japan.
Gov. Buni and Zulum after rounding up their tour also visited Vice President Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Kato Ryichi, at JICA Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan.
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