Nigeria: Japan Builds N20 Million Bridge in Abuja

 The Embassy of Japan last Thursday commissioned the bridge it built across River Usman in Gwagwa.

Gwagwa is a sprawling settlement in the south of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Gwagwa Bridge was built through donation of $100,216 (N20 million) by the embassy of Japan to implementing partner Umuago (Urualla) Rural Development Union.
Usman River meanders through Gwagwa district so farmers had to cross the river on foot to access their farmlands.
Because of this, much of the arable farmlands are not fully utilized.
It is estimated that out of 200,000 hectare-farmland available in Gwagwa district, only about 50,000 hectares are cultivated by the farmers.
During the rainy season when the tide rises, farmers take the risk of wading through the bed of the river to cross and cultivate the land.
In the process, some get drowned losing their crops and their lives.
Addressing guests at the event, the Chargé d'Affaires ad Interim, Embassy of Japan in Nigeria, Mr Masaya Otsuka said through the framework of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, the Embassy of Japan has implemented 148 projects in Nigeria since 1998.
"Since then, we have been making efforts in tackling socio-economic problems and directly bringing positive impacts on people's lives at grassroots levels in Nigeria. The project we're presenting today is definitely one of them.
"In order for people to further enjoy the benefit through this project for a long time, this depends on continuous efforts of everyone present here to be responsible for maintaining the bridge in a proper manner.
"Please keep in mind that today is the beginning of the project in your own hands. I would sincerely like to emphasise on this point on behalf of the government and people of Japan," the envoy appealed.
The jubilant Gwagwa farmers expressed appreciation to Japan.
Present were representative of the AMAC chairman Alhaji Suleman Alhassan Gwagwa who is secretary of AMAC; Alhaji Shaibu Mamman Barau, Chief of Gwagwa community; Alhaji Shaibu Bawa, the Gwagwa District Head; and Chief Ngwangwa Livinus, Executive Director of Umuago Rural Development Union.
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Posted on : 21 Dec,2015

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