President Muhammadu Buhari while speaking at the opening of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi, Kenya, promised that the Federal Government will ensure full rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and find lasting solutions to combat threats of terrorism in the country’s northeast region.
Buhari also stated that since life had started returning to normal where the IDPs were displaced, it was important for his administration to re-unite them with their families.
He commended Japan’s assistance through the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and other development partners for their support towards the rehabilitation of the victims of Boko Haram and improving the lives of IDPs.
On the gains of TICAD, the President noted that partnerships between Africa and Japan will help create and improve investment opportunities in industries, agriculture, information technology, science and technology among others for the good of the continent and investors from Japan.
”In view of the challenges Africa is facing, the imperative for a viable partnership like the Tokyo International Conference on African Development cannot be over emphasized.
”Today, many countries in Africa including the oil producing ones are wisely seeking to diversify their economies away from mono-cropping.
”In Nigeria, our Administration has already taken concrete steps to diversify the economy by making agriculture not just a development programme but a thriving business.
”Investing in the economies of this continent especially through Public-Private-Partnership can contribute to building capacity for our economies,” he said.
According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the 2-day summit with the theme ‘‘Advancing Africa’s Sustainable Development Agenda-TICAD Partnership for Prosperity”, is being held outside of Japan for the first time since its inception in 1993.
Among other things, TICAD aims to solve Africa’s development problems through quality technology in the health, industry, agriculture and environment sectors.
A draft declaration to be adopted at end of the summit will seek to combat the growing threats of terrorism, conflicts and violent radicalism through the promotion of education and job creation,” the statement added.