From DAUDA R PAM, Maiduguri

The Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, at the weekend departed for Japan on the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is leading Nigeria’s delegation to the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) scheduled to hold on Wednesday through Friday August 28 and 30 in the City of Yokohama.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusa said Professor Zulum left together with President Buhari on board presidential jet alongside Governors  Abdulraham AbdulRazaq of Kwara and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos states.

Malam Isa Gusau noted that at the conference, which has the theme, “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” Pesident Buhari is scheduled to deliver Nigeria’s statement with focus on evaluating the country’s international relations with Japan and the takeaways from the conference.

Our Correspondent reports that the President is also expected to attend a state banquet in addition to a reception to be organized by the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito, which takes place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and explained that although Governor Zulum is traveling as member of President’s delegation, the Governor hopes to use the conference to establish areas of cooperation that can benefit Borno State.

The spokesman disclosed that Borno State had benefited from some Japanese funded interventions which included an intervention on livelihood support through the UN’s World Food Programme launched in March, 2019; an intervention on agriculture for villagers in Kaga local government launched in September 2016 and a rural electrification project executed through a Japanese grant in aid, commissioned in Damasak headquarters of Mobbar local government area back in December, 2004.

Governor Zulum, he added intends to build on these partnerships to identify ways that his presidential trip to Japan ‎will is of direct benefit to the people of Borno State.

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