Nigeria, Japan agree to strengthen bilateral relations

  Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and Japan have agreed to further strengthen existing bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of citizens of both nations, Nigerian Presidential Spokesperson Remi Oyo said in a statement released in Abuja Monday.
   Oyo said the agreement was reached Sunday at a meeting between President Olusegun Obasanjo and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Tokyo, where the Nigerian leader is attending the third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD III).
She said Obasanjo expressed appreciation to the Japanese government for its assistance in the development of rural electrification in Nigeria, and called for further assistance for the programme, especially in harnessing Nigeria's rich solar power potentials for the electrification of areas that are far from the national grid.
   According to Oyo, the Nigerian President also sought Japanese assistance in the provision of potable and accessible water for the Nigerian people.
   The statement said Koizumi pledged his government's understanding and support in the areas listed by President Obasanjo, and praised his (Obasanjo) role in Nigeria and Africa.

29 Setembro 2003 13:19:00

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