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Nigeria Secures ¥15 Billion Japanese Grant for Agriculture Boost

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The Federal Government announced on Monday that it has received a ¥15 billion grant from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the development of its agricultural sector. This financial injection is designated for the country’s National Agricultural scheme project, marking a pivotal step towards bolstering Nigeria’s agricultural framework and overall economic landscape.

The announcement was made by Wale Edun, the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, following a council meeting chaired by President Bola Tinubu in Abuja. Edun outlined the grant’s terms, noting it includes a three-month support window, a 30-year moratorium, and a 10% interest rate, emphasizing the bilateral support’s minimal financial strain on Nigeria.

This funding is part of a broader strategy to rejuvenate Nigeria’s agricultural sector, with the government also initiating an economic management task force. President Tinubu has approved this task force to implement significant measures for economic growth, increased production, job creation, and poverty reduction over the next six months. The task force comprises members of the economic management team, the private sector, and representatives from the Nigerian Governors Forum, aiming to tackle key monetary and fiscal policy issues while ensuring real sector growth.

Additionally, Edun revealed Nigeria’s official ratification of its membership in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), following preliminary approval. This strategic move is expected to leverage infrastructure development as a catalyst for economic expansion, reducing logistics costs and maximizing investment.

In tandem with these economic advancements, Dave Umahi, the Works Minister, announced the Federal Executive Council’s approval of a N1.267 trillion contract encompassing 28 roads and bridges across the country. This infrastructure project further underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing Nigeria’s economic and developmental trajectory.

Through these multifaceted initiatives, Nigeria aims to fortify its agricultural sector, stimulate economic growth, and pave the way for sustainable development, backed by international cooperation and strategic domestic policies.

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